Schools must compete with illegal drug business

November 27, 2008

Schools competing with the business of selling drugs:
~James Dunn

A child entering the ‘subculture’ of high school is typically between 14 and 16 years of age. Typically they are offered drugs and see other kids who use drugs frequently. This subculture in all high schools passes gossip about drugs. This is no different than advertising; frequency sells. Drugs are a teenage business enterprise.

A teenager desires to have many things, unless the family is well to do, they will do without; unless they find a way to make money for themselves. A teenager usually does not have reliable transportation. Very few opportunities exist for teenagers that would even pay for car insurance, if they can drive; so those who are industrious go into business for themselves doing the only profitable business available; the selling of drugs.

Coursework in High School fails to teach children business, and inadvertently instills a mental image of businessmen as unethical. The vast majority of the student body considers business clubs as socially unacceptable. If not taught in school, students feel the extra effort is wasted. Most students wonder why they are taught their curriculum because they won’t use one-tenth of what they are taught, why is that; it is true. So why isn’t business part of the basic curriculum? There are many existing resources for incorporating business into the school curriculum; even grants and small student loans.

http://www.fbla-pbl.org/
http://www.sba.gov/teens/
http://www.nfib.com/object/IO_28526.html

Classes can easily incorporate business relationships: math for business problem solving, writing a business plan in English, business statistics, Business Economics instead of Home Economics, ballgame and vending concessions managed by the students… One hour of a seven class hour curriculum could be business management. The schools moto should be “Financial Opportunities through Education”.

Most schools are no longer part of an agrarian community, with the majority of schools in urban areas. Most teenagers skip college and find hourly jobs to get by; dependent upon others, welfare, and social security. College graduates often move from their city, and State, to find work in their field of study; breaking family and community bonds.

None of the things we cherish (family, friends, money, a stable life, respect) are addressed by our current school systems. The only widely known option available to the teenage entrepreneur is to sell drugs. From the teenage perspective, this will support all of the things they care for (family, friends, money, a stable life, respect); as teenagers, many do not have the experience to conceive of paths to desirable consequences.

Selling drugs currently represents the only major business enterprise available to teenagers. To significantly reduce drug dependence, school systems must compete with the business of selling drugs, by fostering other ‘major’ and profitable business opportunities for teenagers. I knew a teenager (14) that made over $400 a month in his eBay business; his father is a college professor and guided his business initiative.

Cell phones can be utilized to provide young people with business opportunities. Craigs List style listings can be generated on cell phones with a search option based upon cell phone GPS location. So people that want their car washed, grass cut, laundry done, babysitting, shovel snow, garden tended, … can list their needs on the cell phone program and young people can match up to them based upon how close they live to the GPS location. Also, many other business opportuities for young people can be generated through cell phone enterprise.

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