By Emily Geiger
One of the more scandalous items in the news yesterday is that there is yet another sex scandal brewing at Oprah’s school for girls in South Africa. This time, it seems that one of the older students was messing around with the younger students.
I know there are a lot of people out there pointing a finger at Oprah for this, but I don’t know how you screen out this behavior in potential students. Oprah has a lot of flaws (like following a pagan cult leader…), but of all the things she’s done, trying to give poor kids in Africa a chance at a better life is a pretty decent thing to do.
I think the problem here lies with the offending students and their families. First, their families, if they had any to begin with, obviously did not teach them any morals or values or sexual boundaries. Second, and most importantly, the fault lies with the predatory students themselves.
When you are dirt poor in Africa, and some American chick with boatloads of money comes in and offers you a free chance at a future, why on earth do you flush that down the tubes?
Of course, I think the same question could be asked of a lot of American kids. We offer kids a free education, which they can take and use to build their future. What do they do with that opportunity?
Well, according to recently released statistics, staggering numbers of them are throwing that opportunity away, too. The number of Iowa dropouts is up 23%.
I remember reading in the Laura Ingalls Wilder books about how the Ingalls family specifically went out of their way to settle near a school so that the children would have the opportunities afforded to them by a formal education. They really did walk miles through the snow to school because they understood how important it was. They were sad when summer came because they would have to stay home from school. How many kids today show that kind of commitment to their education?
But then, why should American kids strain themselves by working to get an education and a good job when they know they’ll be able to pick up a welfare check if they decide they don’t want to bother?
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