High school dropout represents an important problem that affects thousands of students each year. Roughly one third of all students will drop out of high school without having received their high school diplomas. According to The National Center for Education Statistics, “only 86% of the class of 1998 graduated.” Many students these days choose to graduate from high school and continue their education further, whether it is technical training or a degree. Why is it that 14% of high school students drop out or do not graduate? There many different possibilities and situations that could alter a student from completing high school. Causes of not graduating could include: poor grades, pregnancy, poor Influences, no friends, and not having the goal or drive to complete school. My research question is, "What is causing these teenagers to drop out of high school, and what can be done to correct it?"
What also got me interested was that most of these students did not have the parental support that they needed. Some students may strive for all A's while others struggle to complete an assignment. Students who are struggling to receive credit may find it easier to quit. For some, this option may be less embarrassing than trying to graduate and fall short and not being able to 'walk the stage' with their graduating class. My sister was one of these students that fell under the education radar. What could have been done to prevent her from dropping out? Could the education staff have prevented this?
At this point, I don't know all the causes for the dropout rate, but some of the issues seem to be a reasonable explanation.
My hypothesis at this point is as follows: Because the dropout rate is increasing, and unable to graduate has taken a toll on society. It is our job as parents, and or teachers to make sure we are helping all students. George Bush started the act “No Child Left Behind” Which took place in 2001, but is it really working...