Connie Domino: Don’t label kids

March 1, 2013 

Don’t label kids

I was listening to a radio program about North Korea and thought it was so sad that children are labeled by their government at 18 years of age with an assigned social class status they are stuck with for life.

You can imagine my shock when I heard that Gov. Pat McCrory has suggested legislation that would label children graduating from high school, also around 18 years old, as college-ready, vocational school-ready or both. This can have serious consequences. If they want to attend college, and they are officially labeled as vocational-ready, the colleges may use this as a reason to reject them.

My brother didn’t apply himself in high school the way he should have; but thank goodness his teachers didn’t label him as vocational-ready only. When he attended college, he became serious and received a B.S. degree in computer science as an “A” student.

This is still the United States of America, and children are free to become anything they wish without labels. Official labeling of children this way is ripe for abuse and the development of a privileged versus slave labor class. Let’s vote to stop the insanity before it stops us!

Connie Domino

Raleigh

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