I’m not the only one doing fantasy today. But my fantasy is pretty small potatoes compared to what the mayor of Chicago has come up with.
Mayor Rahm “No Immigration Law Here” Emanuel has decreed that, starting with the class of 2020, no Chicago high school student can receive a high school diploma unless he or she has a “life plan” which is to go into effect right after graduation ( http://www.newser.com/story/240905/no-plan-after-high-school-no-diploma-says-chicago-mayor.html ).
He stopped short of telling the graduates just what life plans will be acceptable. Go on to college, or community college, or join the military–these “life plans” are expected to bag you a diploma.
I wonder what they’d say about, “Well, I plan to have a couple of out-of-wedlock children, then win the lottery and go out West and buy a horse farm.” Or “My plan is to become famous!” Or “King o’ the world, baby! I’m gonna be king o’ the world!”
And what happens if your formally stated life plan doesn’t work out? Like, things change and for some reason you can’t join the military. Do they take back your high school diploma? How much time will they give you to put your life plan into action. And what if you just simply change your mind about what you want to do? Can you be charged with fraud? Obtaining a high school diploma under false pretenses?
Really, this doesn’t sound like it’s been thought out all that carefully. If this were a fantasy novel, it wouldn’t hold up at all. The reader would just walk away from it.
But the fantasies concocted by our politicians–Heaven help us, those we’re stuck with!