NELSON CLYDE, Is It Just Me?
The finish line is now in sight for my youngest child to complete high school.
This is the fourth time I’ve witnessed senior-itis.
The symptoms are pretty consistent.
Lack of focus.
Proclamations such as “I’m so ready to get out of here,” or “I can’t wait for August” or “I’m so ready to be free from rules.”
You could say, with my experience at this point, I am an expert on the topic/syndrome.
There may be a solution for everyone. It seems the second half of the senior year is a nonstarter. Colleges have already gathered enough data to determine whether they will accept the student. With this in mind, you could accelerate graduation to sometime in January when there’s really nothing to do. We all know May is a terrible time for anything to happen.
Once the student has received their diploma and snapped all the pictures, we could ship them to the closest military base for basic training. Many countries have mandatory conscription for lengthy periods. The money allocated for their education could be transferred to the base to cover the cost of such a plan.
A rigorous physical fitness program would give our students just the start they need for entering their freshman year college or the workforce.
After about 90 days of “boot camp” the young adults could be deployed into programs to give them a sense of how our country works. This labor force could be used to rebuild declining infrastructure, clean up roadways and, depending on ideology, build a wall or clean up national parks.
The culmination of the process should involve a visit to Washington D.C. to see the three branches of government and pass a test to demonstrate a working understanding of how our republic works. Some students may find the discipline welcome and choose a career in the military.
This 8-month stint would increase awareness and productivity and instill a sense of national pride long lost in our country.
It would also remove the tension in many households of the lamentations of senior-itis. The separation anxiety would be advanced by 8 months and follow the traditional Christmas break.
Just think about it.