Students not as dumb as portrayed
Your Nov. 13 editorial entitled "Public education in Illinois barely earns a passing grade" brought up an issue that directly affects students in Illinois and frankly, the future success of our state. While the argument was made that students are not ready for success, based on Illinois' C- grade average, the success of students are in their own hands. In order to make the most of one's granted education, hard work, drive, and self-determination are essential; and not all students attain these skills.
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However, there are countless Illinois students who genuinely care about their future, and work in earning good grades to achieve high goals. Getting into a highly competitive college these days is harder than ever before. Seemingly, the perfect student isn't simply straight A's, extracurricular activities, and community service, but all the above plus a one-of-a-kind trait.
Perhaps an astonishing childhood struggle or being of a different ethnicity could get an individual into the school of their dreams. Also, the increasing amount of honors and AP (advanced placement) courses make it more difficult to succeed than in years past. Still, students manage to rise out of the rubble and become successful nevertheless.
Clearly, today's students aren't as dumb as portrayed.