Disadvantages of dropping out: $10,000 less per year than a high school graduate three times as likely to be out of work as someone with at least a college degree more likely to be teen parents, more likely to commit crime, more likely to rely on public assistance, and more likely to lead shattered lives
Risk Factors: high pupil-teacher ratios student grade retention poor student teacher interactions negative attitudes about school minimal involvement in extracurricular activities low motivation to achieve minimal school engagement
Reasons for dropping out include: not interested in class unmotivated to do their work teachers not caring about students and their graduation teachers who don’t seem excited about the material they present student’s opinions not respected by teachers school personnel value other students more limited participation in school if students don’t have a high GPA parents often fail to support their children
factors that have been associated with school dropout: poor academic performance low socioeconomic status children who display behavioral problems students do not understand the link between high school preparation, college preparation, and earning potential
Solutions: committed and caring teachers teachers need to understand students’ behavior, believe in their ability to succeed, and accept them “as is” hiring highly qualified teachers reducing class sizes giving more attention to individualized instruction increasing teacher support allowing students additional time with teachers
Solutions, con’t… Parent involvement miniconferencenights for parent-teacher contact providing childcare at the school
Other strategies: closing a failing school one-on-one support government involvement
We can all make a difference !
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