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Published May 30 2010

Swift: Different worlds for grads from past, present

I sat in the coffee shop and listened to two moms debate the intricacies of high school graduation requirements and college admission exams.

I could only think of one thing: “Man, I’m glad I’m not 18.”

When did high school get so complicated? When did acceptance into the right institution of higher education need to be strategized like a covert military operation? When did teenagers have to start juggling jobs and extracurriculars along with college-level classes and a platinum GPA?

I realize this puts me in the “old men sitting by the post office and bemoaning the future of mankind” category. Yes, I’m old. Sure, I used to ride a pterodactyl to my cave school.

But life – especially high school life – has changed dramatically in the past few decades.

Some examples:

Hmmm. What a meth we’re in.


Readers can reach Forum reporter Tammy Swift at (701) 241-5525 or tswift@forumcomm.com