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Research shows that high school dropout rates are on the rise and many factors contribute to this social problem. This rise impacts the communities since research shows that when dropout rates rises, so does unemployment and crime. Data shows that low socioeconomic, low parental involvement, and poor support from administrators and educators are among the most important factors that contribute the rise to high school dropout rates. Classrooms are overcrowded and that leaves students without the proper attention from teachers, which leads to students that cannot understand the curriculum to fall behind. A great percentage of students get discouraged and leave school before graduation. In order for students to get attention that is required for them to stay in school and graduate, parents need to become involved in their children’s education and demand personal attention from educators which is required to help students stay in school. Administrators, counselors, and community leaders need to come together and involved to target at-risk students so that they can graduate from High school. Research has shown that there is still much work to be done in order to decrease the drop-out rates in the United States and the responsibility does not fall on only one factor, but it falls on society as a whole.
High school dropout rates keep increasing year after year and society as a whole needs to become aware and find solutions for this social problem. This literature review examines areas in which educators, community leaders, counselors, administrators, and parents can become involved in order to help students stay in school and graduate. Some issues that will be considered are; is low socioeconomic in families a factor in school dropouts, can overcrowded classrooms and large schools influence students to dropout, will keeping students in schools help unemployment and crime rates to decrease, and will showing personal interest from teachers, parents, and if extracurricular activities will influence students to graduate.
HIGH SCHOOL DROPOUTS; A SOCIAL CONCERN
High school dropout rates keep increasing year after year and the reasons are not yet understood completely. Although the rates vary from different studies, most studies show that approximately one fourth of students drop out before graduation. While much effort is being done to assist students to graduate, educators, administrators, counselors, and community leaders need to commit to encourage students to stay in school by not only giving personal attention to influence the social structure and the environment within the schools but also by providing a number of incentives for students to remain in schools, and involving parents in students education. By keeping students in schools, educators and administrators are reducing unemployment and crime rates which can be a burdensome on the economy and everyone in the communities. This literature review concentrates on some important questions that can help one understand and bring a possible solution to this social problem: 1. Is low socioeconomic an important factor in student dropout? 2. Can large schools and overcrowded classrooms influence students to lose interest? 3. Will keeping students in schools help reduce unemployment and crime in our communities? 4. Will sincere personal interest from educators, parental involvement, and extracurricular activities influence students to stay in school and graduate? Understanding why students drop out of high school and what can be done to encourage students to remain in school and graduate is very important to...
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