In defense of Mr. Ed Woeten, (who is a stranger to me) before his life and career are destroyed forever, here are a few things to think about:
Most school dropouts are very bright, intelligent kids with high IQs who are bored to death with the dumbed-down, silly stuff that's taught in our schools these days.
There are few special programs or pots full of dollars or challenges for them. They are stuck in crowded classrooms of sometimes 20 or more students being taught by an overburdened, often-criticized teacher who is working many hours a week for $25,000 or $35,000 a year.
There's never enough money — sometimes there aren't even enough books. A recent survey showed teachers are spending literally millions of dollars of their own money for pencils and paper and books. Now, with the new Bush policy of everything depending on good test scores, teachers are spending their time teaching kids how to pass the tests.