The Pros And Cons Of High School Dropouts

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Register to read the introduction… Only 85.3% of all Americans have a high school diploma. The census shows a range of statistics relating to dropouts, from the age that they were, to the demographics, to the rates every 5 years or less. 9.1% of dropouts are male, and 7% are female. From our lectures in class, we have discovered that men have a higher tendency towards violent crime, and are less connected to school, than females. The census does not go into detail as to why females have a lower dropout rate, but if we look beyond the census to outside resources, we see that hormones and testosterone can push a male towards being aggressive, and more prone to making rash decisions. The crime rate of high school dropouts is 75%, with the percentage of dropout who are in prison being 60. The dropout rate has gone down drastically since 1970, but still shows that 90% of dropouts have problems getting jobs. The lack of a job means less to no money, which has a direct correlation to crime such as robbery (food, toiletries, etc). “COAs are more likely to be truant, drop out of school, repeat grades, or be referred to a school counselor, or psychologist. This may have little to do with academic ability; rather, COAs may have difficulty bonding with teachers, other students and school; they may experience anxiety related to performance; or they may be afraid of failure.” (Children of Alcoholics: Important Facts) The article shows that the alcoholic stimulant they receive at home leads to problems outside of the house. If a child is failing repeatedly and feels punished at school, they loose a connection to it and have a greater chance of leaving. “COAs often believe that they will be failures even if they do well academically. They often do not view themselves as successful.” (COA: Important Facts) The research shown emphasizes that COAs do not want to try so why would they want to stay in …show more content…
Studies show that they are at a greater risk for developing drinking problems in themselves. “ new research has found a correlation between parental alcoholism and illicit drug abuse in youth and young adults.” (Children of Alcoholics at Risk for Drug Abuse) Originally, the research showed a correlation to drinking, but now it is showing that there is even a correlation to other drug use. The test group was sized at 545 adolescents, and observed for a 15-year period to compare patterns of COAs with children who had not lived in that environment. The study showed the consistency of COAs abusing drugs and alcohol, as compared to the much lower rates of the rest of the test group. The research went beyond testing for drug and alcohol use and abuse in COAs, but looked at a potential deterrent for this cycle to continue. They found that getting married reduced the risk. “They also found that getting married reduced the level of drug use for both children of alcoholics and children of non-alcoholics, but children of alcoholics in the group were less likely to get married, so they continued their level of drug use into young adulthood.” (Children of Alcoholics at Risk for Drug Abuse) Although it was discovered that COAs had a hard time finding someone they trusted enough to get married, it was found out that if they could find someone to hold onto for support, that they could let go of the need for drugs and alcohol. The empty time they had previously held to do recreational activities was now spent in their marriage and significant other. 
 My hypothesis was that children of alcoholic parents were affected by the household environment. Through my resources I discovered that children are in fact affected by living in an environment where alcohol is abused. The research showed that it leads to teenagers dropping out of high school, to crime, to emotional complications, and

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