Poll: America drops out

What causes students to leave school and not return?

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  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1241342990 Melissa Leet

    Public education is a dinosaur of an institution.  Kids have had themselves wrapped in metaphorical straight-jackets (along with their families) for far too long!  Parents that are willing to make the necessary sacrifices pull them to homeschool (there are thousands and thousands of lower-income parents making huge sacrifices to do this), or the kids drop out without any alternative and either lose their way (sometimes temporarily, sometimes not) or manage to find their own way, despite the odds.   There needs to be recess and movement for learning to be optimal.  We all need art, music, and the opportunity to stretch our minds with “field trips”, in order to keep life interesting.  A well educated mind cannot be achieved with only book learning, testing, and herding our kids through the grades like cattle to slaughter.  Look to what is commonly referred to “unschooling” and you will find true, lasting, enthusiastic learning that leads people to a life of fulfillment and community cohesion.

  • Wandaway

    Students loose interest in school and eventually drop out or don’t continue on to higher education because they don’t feel SUCCESSFUL. Education researchers know this is the main reason. I’m an advocate for project based learning. When students are engaged in individual and team projects involving all the subjects they learn better and realize the skills they obtain are used in every aspect of life and career development. Students from k-12 should always be engaged in activities that involve the physical, mental, intellectual, and spiritual development. No, I don’t mean religious when I say spiritual. I mean a sense of self and accomplishment. Students need to be building a house forat auction. Building a robot. Helping to plan a classroom budget. Learning how to maintain the pool. Etc. Etc. They need music like El Sestema programs and Chicago’s Louder Than A Bomb style projects.

  • Sandrone21

    Children need to be nutured, loved & encouraged on a daily basis.  Although I voted for Poor parenting as the main culprit, I also know that poverty has a big deal to do with it.  If you are working 2-3 jobs trying to provide for your family, your not around enough to love an support your child the way they need it for educational purposes.  I am there every day for my daughter and she still struggles with her homework for 3 hours a night.  just think of what happens when the parent is not supportive or is not present due to financial burdens.

  • Anonymous

    High stakes testing, mixed with mandatory seat time, throw in mindless and often antiquated material =  kids who are forced out of the only education they know. There are alternatives.

  • http://sehacecamino.com Nancy Cavillones

    Lack of a social net, failure to make learning relevant–esp for kids who don’t plan to attend college, overcrowded schools

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_3VZEHX5PLIU25VCGGQJ74LHGIY Vince

    The promise that used to attach to getting a college education… is waning.  Jobs are just not there. And, with student loans taking their toll… many students have decided… what’s the use!