Benefits Of High School Dropouts Essay
1. “The U.S., which had some of the highest graduation rates of any developed country, now ranks 22nd out of 27 developed countries.”1
2. “Almost 2,000 high schools across the U.S. graduate less than 60% of their students.”3
Significance: This is significant because high school dropouts are limiting themselves from potential success and opportunities in the future.
My family has always pushed me in my academic life. My father especially pushed me to excel at school, because he did not finish college and knows first-hand how difficult it can be to secure a job without a degree. Along with my father’s pushing, my mother would always say “no knowledge is ever wasted” and this saying has greatly shaped my view of education.
Over the years, I have helped many children and peers to learn difficult material and every time I see a face light up when they solve a math problem or run at full speed to the bookshelf to grab a book that they can now read, I feel elated that they have succeeded. By challenging their minds, they have gained self-confidence, which is crucial in succeeding in this world. This is why I want to become a teacher, because I believe that everyone should be given the opportunity to challenge themselves and be able to learn that they are capable of things that they cannot even imagine. This is summed up in a quote that reads “If you’re not willing to learn, no one can help you. If you’re determined to learn, no…