Well, the state of Utah might do Hawaii one better: There is a serious proposal before the state senate to eliminate the 12th grade:
At Utah's West Jordan High School, the halls have swirled lately with debate over the merits of 12th grade:Wow. I'll be the first to admit that most of my high school chums didn't pay much attention during senior year. Senioritis, where kids ditch school and head to the beach, was more contagious than H1N1. I could see the virtue of saving the state a few billion by just having people go work at McDonald's or stay home and watch Oprah until they hit eighteen. Or go to college early.
Is it a waste of time? Are students ready for the real world at 17?
For student body president J.D. Williams, 18, the answer to both questions is a resounding no. "I need this year," he said, adding that most of his classmates feel the same way.
The sudden buzz over the relative value of senior year stems from a recent proposal by state Sen. Chris Buttars that Utah make a dent in its budget gap by eliminating the 12th grade.
The notion quickly gained some traction among supporters who agreed with the Republican's assessment that many seniors fritter away their final year of high school, but faced vehement opposition from other quarters, including in his hometown of West Jordan.
But I learned some of the most important stuff of my pre-college years in twelfth grade. That's when we had economics one semester and government the next. I actually learned a thing or two about the Constitution not covered in ABC's Schoolhouse Rock.
Besides, with the elimination of the fourth year of high school, wouldn't teenagers just become afflicted with junioritis?