Why do students drop out of high school?
16 percent of U.S. residents between the age of 16 and 24 years were high school dropouts, in 2007, said the report by the Center for Labor Market Studies at Northeastern University in Boston, Massachusetts, and the Alternative Schools Network in Chicago, Illinois. Among the dropouts, 60.1 percent were men, 30.1 percent were Latino and 18.8 percent were black.
There are many people who find it difficult to get a good job, and struggle to make enough money to support themselves. People who do not have college degrees are even more greatly affected by ups and downs of the economy than people who do have degrees. Without a high school diploma, it is not easy to get admitted to any school of higher education and people will have a more difficult time building a career. Despite the importance of higher education, many people still choose not to obtain a high school diploma. Many of these people think that without a school a high a school diploma, they can still build a career.
Seeing the effects of not having a high school diploma pushes you to wonder what the causes of this problem are. There are several obstacles which discourage many students from graduating.
Although most children are fortunate enough to live with their parents, problems can still arise from divorce to abuse, from single parent homes to other less stable situations. When parents leave each other, the victims are not the parents but rather the children. The decision that each parent makes to divorce is often a selfish decision because he or she thinks that with the divorce he or she is going to be free or is going to his or her problems. On the other hand, the children are the victims of the parents break up because they are likely going to have to move back and forth between the father and mother. In this situation children live in an unstable emotional situation that may have negative effects on the children’s schooling.