At school, you might have been advised by a teacher to plan out a project, then do or make the project, and then look it over once it’s done. To some, making a plan is the first step towards a successful project.
That’s what the Chicago Board of Education thinks too. Starting in 2020, students will be required to show that they have a plan for their future before they can graduate. Why is the city of Chicago requiring students to do this? According to Mayor Rahm Emanuel, sixty percent of students who graduate have a plan for the future. Some may plan to attend college, while others may plan to get a job. But what about the other forty percent? Mayor Emanuel says he is trying to motivate the other forty percent to think about the future and the hope is that this process will help them be successful.
But not everyone is convinced that this requirement will work. Those who oppose the idea think that the focus of the mayor’s efforts should be to reduce the dropout rate. They also believe that students who have taken the required courses and earned the necessary credits, should be allowed to graduate.
What do you think of Mayor Emanuel’s plan? Does it seem fair that students need to have a future plan in order to graduate? If you have a thought, send it to firstname.lastname@example.org.