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AN AMAZING FACT: The total number of high school dropouts annually in the United States is 3,030,000. The percent of U.S. jobs a high school dropout is not eligible for is about 90 percent.
If you read my book The Richest Caveman, you know that I attended some pretty interesting schools in my younger years, including two different military academies, a school on board a ship, and one place that threw all rules out the window. This experimental school in Maine believed that kids will learn the things that are important to them. Well, I guess it was true, though most of what I learned was from other students … and the things I learned weren’t very profitable!

I made the reckless decision to drop out of high school at 16 and run away. By the time I was 20, I realized my prospects for success would be very limited, so I earned my GED and went on to college.

Today I always encourage young people to get a good education. High school dropouts are more likely to be unemployed, earn lower wages, be more dependent on government assistance, and to be single parents. Even crime stats show that 30 percent of federal inmates have not completed high school, and 50 percent of convicts on death row have not finished grade 12.

The wise teacher in Proverbs says, “Whoever loves instruction loves knowledge.” In other words, if you really want to learn something, you’ll go through the discipline of getting it, no matter how difficult. We are shortsighted to think we can learn to play the piano but never practice or get our driver’s license but never study for the written exam. We should love instruction because we want to go somewhere and be someone.

Sometimes I hear students say, “I can’t wait until I graduate so that I don’t have to take any more tests!” I hate to pop their bubbles, but I tell them life will continue to throw many tests at them. Almost every occupation requires an element of training, study, and ongoing assessment to maintain licenses. Many jobs call for continuing education units. The idea of taking tests should not drag you down. Exams and evaluations open doors of opportunity!

God has given us minds to expand and develop. Peter writes, “Grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ” (2 Peter 3:18). Education is a lifelong endeavor for the Christian. We do not stop learning when we graduate from school. We continue seeking to stretch our minds and grasp more of the truths of Scripture and the things God has created.

Additional reading: Proverbs 12:1–14

Whoso loveth instruction loveth knowledge: but he that hateth reproof is brutish. Proverbs 12:1

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