Although high school graduation has increased by 3.5% from 2001 to 2009, aggressive efforts have increased to prevent students dropping out of high school. The current stats of 1 out of 4 students dropping out of high school is still too much!
The graduation rate was 75 percent in 2009, meaning 1 in 4 students fails to get a diploma in four years, researchers found. That's well below the goal of 90 percent by 2020. (Read full story > click here)
10 Things you need to know about dropping out of school
- It is a really bad idea, if things are bad at school because you are being harassed (sexually or otherwise) or bullied try changing schools rather than quitting.
- It is so not worth it - if academics are hard for you see your school counsellor about a non-academic program, voluntarily set yourself back a grade, or get Learning Assistance (even if it is informally from a friend).
- Drop outs have a harder time getting good, secure, decent paying jobs.
- More and more entry level and trade specific jobs require a minimum of high school graduation.
- Dropping out gives you a lot of free time, but you are more likely to get in to a self destructive rut including drugs and/or alcohol.
- Pregnancy is not a good reason to drop out and get a job, look in to your options before taking such a drastic step (many schools and communities have programs designed to keep teens with children in school).
- Being a drop out is much harder than you think it will be.
- Going back to school as an adult is not easy, and often costs money - high school is free.
- Age 16 is not always the age allowed to drop out - its a civil crime in many states to drop out before 18 and many have laws against unexplained absences from school.
- Dropping out does not make you cool, a tough guy, nor a grown up.
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