At least you have goals...
If you were a fly on the wall in my classroom yesterday, this is what you would have heard:
Me: "So, what happened to (student's name)?"
Student 1: "Oh, he dropped out."
Me: "Oh really, how do you know that, did he tell you?"
Student 2: "No. I saw him in the office filling out his paper work."
Me: "Paperwork?" *intrigued look on my face* "You mean there is paperwork for dropping out? I thought it was just 'dropping out.'"
Student 2: "No. There is this paperwork you need to fill out... your parents just sign it and you can drop out. You have to be 17."
Me: "Hmmm. Did not know that."
Student 2: "Oh yeah. I am planning on dropping out as soon as I turn 17. I am going to be emancipated and then drop out."
Me: "So, how many of you are planning on dropping out?"
More than half of the hands go up.
Student 1: (Who didn't have their hand raised.) "Well, at least you have goals."