Military academy targets dropouts

There are 16 comments on the The Indianapolis Star story from Oct 12, 2006, titled Military academy targets dropouts. In it, The Indianapolis Star reports that:

Indiana's high school dropouts will get a second chance at an education at a new National Guard academy opening next summer.

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Carolyn

United States

#1 Oct 13, 2006
I thought there was a new law that said students cannot drop out until they are 18. So how can they enroll in this program?
Tmiller

Columbus, IN

#2 Oct 13, 2006
Carolyn, in Indiana if you drop out, you loose your drivers license. This is a bad idea, as drivers licenses are not connected or affected by dropping out. It only works as a force to keep disruptive kids in school who do not want to be there. I suspect that kids who do then change their mind will like the program, and it could give some focus to their lives.
Carolyn wrote:
I thought there was a new law that said students cannot drop out until they are 18. So how can they enroll in this program?
Dennis Buskirk

Columbus, IN

#3 Oct 13, 2006
I think this is really a great program and I hope that it really does good in the state for the drop outs that quit school. I quit school back in 1970 in my last year of high school. My dad told me I would either go back to school or join the army. I joined the Marines. It was the best learning experence a young person could get. You find out what the real world is all about. I hope this program goes far. I can say one thing about it. It made me relize that I didn't know it all like i thought I did back then. And it probley kept me out of a life in jail. It gives a kid a chance to get a taste of the real world and come away with a different way of looking at things when is is over with. The Marines sure had a way of changing the way that I thought life should be like. And it also gave me a chance to travel to places that I would never have got to seen on my own. This by far is money well spent toward helping kids that have dropped out of school and give them a big chance to turn their lives around for the good.
Chenise Anderson

Indianapolis, IN

#4 Oct 13, 2006
This is the best news since sliced bread! I applaud our local government for seeing the light. Our criminals are becoming younger. In my opinion, because they are uneducated with idle time. Finally, the cry for help which bellows from the streets of Indianapolis will no longer fall on deaf ears!
Chenise Anderson

Indianapolis, IN

#5 Oct 13, 2006
Carolyn wrote:
I thought there was a new law that said students cannot drop out until they are 18. So how can they enroll in this program?
The legal age is 16. This is an old law which was birthed scores of years ago when IN was a large agricultural state...no longer the case. Therefore, we must CHANGE things. Quickly!
James

Mokena, IL

#6 Oct 13, 2006
I would have to agree with thoiughs that have put in good commemt about this proposed plan. I would also be interested in learning about how to apply for a position at this new school.
Tmiller

Columbus, IN

#7 Oct 13, 2006
James, as a former Indiana National Guard member, I am betting that it involves signing up in the Guard, and they send you to tech training, and it will likely start with their GED program. If you are really wanting to get on track for a good job, the Guard has a really good college program also. The training you get, combined with military service adds up to a very good resume for an employer to look over.
James wrote:
I would have to agree with thoiughs that have put in good commemt about this proposed plan. I would also be interested in learning about how to apply for a position at this new school.
AntiFlag

Jeffersonville, IN

#8 Oct 13, 2006
That's just like the military to prey on the unlucky. Sick.
ProFlag

Indianapolis, IN

#9 Oct 13, 2006
AntiFlag wrote:
That's just like the military to prey on the unlucky. Sick.
What makes you say the military is preying on the unlucky? The kids are lucky at getting another chance at life. These kids will learn discipline and respect...two thigs kids nowadays need.
Bill

AOL

#10 Oct 13, 2006
AntiFlag wrote:
That's just like the military to prey on the unlucky. Sick.
Hey antiflag, get out. Get completely out of my country. You don't deserve to breath my air. I will help you pack. Keep your antti-american comments to yourself.
Awesome

Indianapolis, IN

#11 Oct 14, 2006
I was in college, partying way too much...no direction in my life at all changed degree majors at least 2x a semester. Dropped out of college and joined the ARMY. I have to admit at the time, I didn't like it at all...was miserable from day 1. However, I learned more during my stay in the military than I did in 12 years of education + 3 years at college level. I, also, learned some discipline, grew up a lot and learned more about myself than I ever thought I'd learn. I think this is an awesome program and while I probably would have had an attitude as a teen about this program, I can see the benefits of it. I hope they make a success of it..and good luck to future hopeful students of this new program.
Les

Nineveh, IN

#12 Oct 14, 2006
I had the opportunity to talk to the five cadets from Kentucky that were at the announcement. Incredibly impressive kids, would be proud to say that any one of them was mine.
I think two of the five are planning to join the military, others want to go onto higher education. What struck me was that they had goals and a plan for how to reach them. Their goals were reasonable ones, good first steps. As soldiers, we spend a lot of time training, what's the plan, how can we accomplish the mission, what can we do better next time. Simple stuff really, until we actully implement it. It seemed very apparent that this is what these cadets had been working on.I don't know that this is so much a second chance as much as it is an alternative route. Let's face it. Some kids thrive in the education system, others are ready to move on to something else long before the twelfth year. Unfortunately, this program is only going to be available to about 300 youth a year. That's impressive, but I don't think that will come close to addressing the challenge of all the young people who are fleeing the educational system in Indiana.
I think we need to take a good look at what is already out there, adn what else is available.(Did you notice this is far less expensive than keeping a kid in school?) Good stuff.
It's also important to remember that these cadets volunteer for the program and can leave at anytime.
If you want some really good news, look at the program's web site and check out the profiles on students and parents. Very... Hooah.
www.ngyouth foundation.org .
BUCKFUSH

Jeffersonville, IN

#13 Oct 14, 2006
ProFlag wrote:
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What makes you say the military is preying on the unlucky? The kids are lucky at getting another chance at life. These kids will learn discipline and respect...two thigs kids nowadays need.
Life - you mean like getting killed in Iraq?

What more kids need today is a good strong mistrust of authority.
BUCKFUSH

Jeffersonville, IN

#14 Oct 14, 2006
Awesome wrote:
I was in college, partying way too much...no direction in my life at all changed degree majors at least 2x a semester. Dropped out of college and joined the ARMY. I have to admit at the time, I didn't like it at all...was miserable from day 1. However, I learned more during my stay in the military than I did in 12 years of education + 3 years at college level. I, also, learned some discipline, grew up a lot and learned more about myself than I ever thought I'd learn. I think this is an awesome program and while I probably would have had an attitude as a teen about this program, I can see the benefits of it. I hope they make a success of it..and good luck to future hopeful students of this new program.
So, you leanred to polish boots, mop floors, and clean latrines. I'm proud of ya, boy!
AntiFlag

Jeffersonville, IN

#15 Oct 14, 2006
Bill wrote:
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Hey antiflag, get out. Get completely out of my country. You don't deserve to breath my air. I will help you pack. Keep your antti-american comments to yourself.
How 'bout YOU getting out of MY country!

You fascist pigs don't deserve to live here.

Keep your anti-freedom comments to yourself.
Nice

Indianapolis, IN

#16 Jul 30, 2013
Commie

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