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Drop Out and Grow Rich

In our culture going to school is given a lot of respect. Dropouts face a sharp negative stigma. They're quitters. They're losers. They'll go nowhere in life. But is this really true? How big of a factor is college on success?

Here's a list of some of the dropouts that I personally admire :

Bill Gates
Steve Jobs
Paul Allen
Richard Branson
Larry Ellison (Oracle)
Dave Thomas
Ted Turner
Henry Ford
Almost 1 in 5 of the US Presidents including Lincoln, Washington, Jackson, and Cleveland
Albert Einstein
Walt Disney
John D. Rockafeller
Mark Twain
Charles Dickens
Thomas Edison
Benjamin Franklin
Ray Kroc (billionaire founder of McDonalds)
Claude Monet

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On Sara Alina

This story left me wondering how could things like happen and definitely one of those “you can’t make this kind of stuff up” stories. A New Jersey high school senior sued her parents, accusing them of tossing her out of the family home when she turned 18 and refusing to pay for her private high school and college education. Her parents claim that they kicked her out because she wouldn’t abide by their rules and refused to break up with her boyfriend.

In a lawsuit, Rachel Canning asked a court to have her parents pay for the outstanding tuition for her private high school, pay her living and transportation expenses for the foreseeable future, use money from an existing college fund to pay for at least some of her college education, and pay her legal bills. A hearing was held Tuesday, and the judge denied the request for high school tuition and current living expenses. Another hearing will be held in April to deal with the other issues in the suit, including college costs.

This is an alarming behavior, and had me asking what’s next? If parents refuse to buy their teen expensive clothing, are they going to sue? If parents ground their teen because of a bad grade, are they going to sue? We should ultimately respect one another, and trust me I know being a teen is tough!

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