With some focused attention dropouts are preventable

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.

You can also visit the National Droput Prevention Center for some practical ideas to get started. One successful approach: Communities in Schools.

posted by Ed Morrison |

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