2 July 2012
Our Nations Issue with High School Drop Outs
Forty years ago, America was rated number one in the world for most high school graduates; currently our country is nineteenth. Approximately seven thousand students drop out of school each day, 1.2 million annually. The high school dropout issue is only getting worse and putting a significant impact not only on the individuals and their education, but also the nation’s economic and social costs. Americans in the work force are discovering that jobs are starting to require a higher education and this is critical because it gives our nation the ability to compete and thrive; in fact, it’s estimated that about 90% of the fastest growing jobs require some college education. Understanding the magnitude of the dropout problem and forces that impact dropout rates is critically important so that some prevention strategies can be developed and put into effect.
Students whom dropout is more likely to be unemployed, earn lower wages, and serve jail time. As a 2007 study by the U.S. Department of Justice, approximately 30% of federal inmates, 40% of state prison inmates, and 50% of persons on death row are high school dropouts. Furthermore, dropouts are 3.5 times more likely than high school graduates to be imprisoned at some point during their lifetime. There are many reasons why students’ dropout and a large portion of the problems are within our school system and they can be prevented. A few of the primary causes for high school dropouts are lack of connection to the school, school is boring, unmotivated, and the most common reason of all is that classes were uninteresting.
As an adolescent, students whom withdraw from school are looked at as inconsiderate people and living for the moment. High school dropouts don’t realize that by not completing school, they are costing America a significant amount of money each year. An estimated $8 billion in incarceration expenses...