School Dropout Solutions

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There is absolutely no question that a high school dropout problem exists, but in the United States education seems to be becoming less and less important of a priority in the eyes of many people. Studies have shown that over forty percent of high school students are at risk of dropping out of school without a diploma and twenty-five percent actually do (Lessard et al. Para. 1). “[That means that] every year, over 1.2 million students drop out of high school in the United States alone. That’s a student every 26 seconds or 7,000 a day” (Dosomething.org Para. 2). This is a huge problem that many people either don’t understand or in my opinion, choose to ignore the problem anyways. Although there are many problems that occur with dropping out …show more content…
One of the major problems is the amount of money the united states loses just because of high school dropouts. In an article done by Ali Tas, where she interviewed a number of students who have dropped out out high school, in order to find out why they are dropping out, she begins her article by stating a shocking statistic. That is that “In the USA, it is estimated that in the next ten years twelve million students will leave school without having a diploma and that will cost the USA about three trillion dollars” (qtd. in Tas et al. para. 1). One of the reasons that dropouts cost our country so much money is common sense. When a student drops out of high school they make less money than someone who graduated high school, which in turn causes dropouts to need to be in public assistance programs, such as food stamps and cash assistance, and pay significantly less taxes over the course of their lifetime. According to an article in USA Today Magazine, “A high school dropout earns about $260,000 less over a lifetime than a high school graduate and pays about $60,000 less in

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