High School Dropout Essay
The majority of National Merit scholarships and college academic scholarships are awarded to girls. This leads to more girls attending college right after high school. Currently only 40% of college students are young men. Research shows that students who graduate from high school but do not go on to college generally earn slightly better than high-school dropouts.
Boys are less emotionally connected to school than girls. In addition to the higher number of male dropouts, boys in high school are more likely to report not liking school, and are greatly outnumbered by girls in almost every extracurricular activity except sports, which may suggest to some that many boys are highly engaged in their high school years. Some researchers believe that the fact that most teachers are women, who often lack training about special educational needs of boys, contributes significantly to boys’ disengagement (Piechura-Couture, Heins, & Tichenor,