The Silent EpidemicThe Status of Graduation in America By: Amber Bowles
The percentage of The major reason students that are students said they dropping out of dropped out was high school in our because classes nation is alarming. weren’t interesting. This has been named “The Silent Epidemic”.
In a survey done of high school drop outs, several things became clear. 70% of dropouts said they felt confident that they could have graduated. 88% of high school drop outs said they had passing grades. Contrary to popular belief, bad grades do NOT explain this national epidemic.
Attendance is a key indicator of dropout rate. Teachers need to be aware and proactive. If astudent is missing class, call parents, ask why!
As teachers, we are the oneswho most affect the studentschoice in graduating.
IF students are We can remedy both dropping out problems with one because school isn’t solution. “interesting”, then We need to create this NEEDS to schools that keep change. students engaged in According to another learning subjects that study, students are interests them, while unprepared for 21st preparing them for century work. their future in the 21st century.
Early warning sign Accurate data systems systems that calculates Increase parent attendance. involvement. Early college programs College/Career readiness. By focusing on college and career readiness, students feel that school is essential to their future. WE can stop this epidemic.
When speaking to high Real world learning; school dropouts in the classes need to be more silent epidemic survey, relevant and more they said these things interesting. would be vital to Better communication with increasing graduation the parents in keeping rates: students in school. Ensure students attend Parents need to be more class; they felt that involved. creating a safer environment could help More one-on-one time achieve this. with the teacher. Teachers should be more involved in motivating students!
Make sure your students are coming to class regularly. Involve your parents! Create a more relevant/interesting classroom. Involve 21st century skills; make sure your students can walk confidently into the next step of life after graduating with these essential skills. Make your classroom a safe haven. Dig deeper, students want more one-on-one involvement; they feel a need for a personal connection with you!
Let’s make this happen.Students want to succeed in some sense, they just don’t understand that graduation is vital to success until they get out into the real world.