The Effects Of High School Dropout Rate

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The dropout rate is the driving force behind the increase in prison population within the United States. It also has an effect on the economic competitiveness of the country. Every American pays a cost when a young person leaves school without a diploma. According to Hirschfield, activist and vice president of the National Jewish Center for Learning and Leadership (2009) “The U.S. ranks 18th in high school graduation rates among developed countries, and workers with more than a high school diploma is expected to increase by 4 percent through 2020” (Hirschfield, 2009). According to research the cost to take care of a high school dropout over a lifetime amounts to over 250,000. This includes the cost of lost revenue because dropouts on average …show more content…
It is necessary for law officials to understand juvenile crime as an education problem because most of the crimes are occurring during the day by juvenile offenders. In order to see a decrease in the crime rate, teens should be encouraged by their teachers to complete school. Dropouts are arrested more than high school graduates. They are incarcerated far more than those that have received their diploma. (Johnson, Slack, Dodor, & Woods, 2013) Therefore, it is imperative for Americans to find an effective way to handle the dropout …show more content…
It starts with the disengagement from their education. This happens long before the child actually stops attending school. According to studies and research done on dropouts there are a lot of hardships associated with the choice of leaving school prior to receiving their high school diploma, but why do so many children choose this route? Financial difficulties, family problems, teen pregnancy, and gang affiliation were some of the reasons presented. (Messacar & Oreopoulous, 2013) Of all those given students believed they were not adequately prepared. They also felt that they were unmotivated to go to class because of a disconnection with their teachers. In, President Barack Obama State of the Union address he stated when students remain in school and receive their diploma they do better. (Messacar & Oreopoulous, 2013) Therefore, what can be done to decrease the dropout rate in the United

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