Georgia tackles the problem of dropouts

Saturday, February 19, 2005

Here's a step in the right direction. Educators and business leaders in Georgia have announced a plan to reduce the drop-out rate among high school students. Read more.

Dropping out of high school creates a lifetime economic disability. This decision is the single most important economic decision that a young person makes. Yet, most young people are making this decision without adult supervision. (We are more upset about underaged drinking.) Dropping out of high school costs a young person $200,000 in lost lifetime earnings, compared to high school graduates and about $800,000 compared to college graduates.

There are common sense strategies to reduce drop-outs, and to learn more, you can visit the National Dropout Prevention Center at Clemson University.

Part of the problem is the woefully inadequate career guidance in high school. It is not uncommon for high school counsellors to have 200 or 300 students to advise. (Translation: there's no real career guidance going on.)

Meanwhile, in Michigan, a state legislator has introduced legislation to increase the age at which a young person can drop out from 16 to 18. Read more.

posted by Ed Morrison |

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