The Benefits of Being a High-School Dropout


  1. You get tough (or die)
  2. You don’t have to hunt for jobs because you know nobody is going to hire you anyway (not that you want to be hired)
  3. You don’t have to worry that your retirement pension won’t be enough (because you won’t be getting any)
  4. You can blog about it and sound cool
  5. You can question the order of things, of society, of yourself and in your struggle for meaning reach some conclusion which can transform you into a person apart (or a madman)
  6. You don’t have to update your CV twice a year because you don’t even need a CV
  7. Women are impressed to hear that you are a high-school dropout and a writer at the same time (not that it comes to anything)
  8. You can go through life without having to work 9 to 5 or to be startled awake by the alarm clock
  9. You can give your best hours to the things you most enjoy doing (provided that you are smart enough to earn a living in your spare hours)
  10. You can go back to school when the time is right, with a new understanding of the value of education, and the determination to study something you believe in

11 thoughts on “The Benefits of Being a High-School Dropout

  1. Love your three last points! Have your heard about the book “Dumbing us down”? I think you would like it.

  2. thank you so much for such a wonderful post! love the point of view and i do believe that a highschool education is sometimes nice to have….but definitely not necessary! people can do great things with their own incentives, desire, and will power! keep up the good work!

  3. I wonder how far those dropouts who have had success would have gone if they had also had the fortitude and discipline to stay in school. I know many intelligent people who do not have a high school education but they did not drop out. They had to stop for other reasons, among them illness of family members, too far to travel, family moved, had to work in the fields, etc. Folks in my generation often did not have a choice. But dropouts in recent years generally equates the description you suggest above.

    1. Actually, left in disgust is far more accurate. No other reason, not financial, not illness… the reality of school is it doesn’t teach thinking. Leaving school certainly does not necessarily mean no education, not saying one should drop out either. Met a girl who graduated from THAT school, she took great pride telling me she had never read a book in her life. Also met another girl that graduated from the same school, she took great pride in her 5 degrees. Always liked a quote
      from Henry Ford, “An educated man is someone who can get what they want without hurting anyone.” Always thought what he said and DID was not bad for someone with an 8th grade

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