Tuesday, March 07, 2006
Most dropouts say they would have made it through high school with more challenging coursework, interesting classes and a little extra help.
"This epidemic is a national disgrace because we know this problem is largely solvable," said John Bridgeland, who heads Civic Enterprises, the group that released a national survey released last week.
The report, characterized as the most extensive of its type, found that nearly half of the 1 million students who drop out each year were simply bored with their classes. Most, who were only two years or less away from a diploma, said schools did not motivate them. Read more. Download the report.
Some Background on EDPro Weblog
The purpose of this weblog is to help economic development professionals -- EDPros -- keep up with the changes sweeping our profession. Strap on your goggles. It's a whole new game. There are no experts any more. The only place to learn about economic development is from other EDPros who are doing it.
One other point: the prevaling approach (paradigm, if you like) in economic development is shifting from competition to collaboration. There are a lot of reaasons underlying this shift, but here's the important insight: You, your community, and your region will do better by collaborating and sharing information.
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Speaking and workshops on Open Source Economic Development
As the idea of Open Source Economic Development starts spreading, more people are asking about it. Visit the I-Open web site to learn more. My colleagues and I are happy to explain the basic concepts in a talk or a workshop. E-mail Susan Alshuler if you'd like to learn more about workshops and speaking.
Background on Ed Morrison
Download some background information on me here.