I love hearing this. I had never heard that saying before. I would just change the "men" to "people" but it's a wonderful saying.
I hope that I can let the young and older know that just because a person may not be able to get through a traditional school that their are many options today to still gain an education. School was tough for me because I was an introvert, suffered from child-hood abuse, and was targeted by a bully in the 9th grade that eventually led to my dropping out. Teachers and admin were not capable of handling the situation and just made it worse. I dropped out and earned my GED. However, I dropped back in and ended up graduating Cum Laude from Capella University Online. Now I am earning a Masters degree from Palo Alto University.
Never count anyone out. The important thing is to encourage those that dropped out to find alternatives for reentering. I'm living proof of it. Albeit I wish that I had done it at a younger age. We have to ask the kids exactly why they are dropping out. My guess is that it's not because they do not want to learn and have a chance at higher employment opportunities.
Just my humble opinion but I do agree with both of you 100%