The Silent Epidemic: Perspectives Of High School Dropouts?

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1. John M. Bridgeland, John J. DiIulio, Jr., Karen Burke Morison. “The Silent Epidemic: Perspectives of High School Dropouts.” 2006.

The authors of this article surveyed high school dropouts as to their motives for dropping out, and the events that lead them to that decision. Backed by statistical analysis, there findings presented two types of high school dropouts. The first type said school was not challenging enough, and therefore they felt no inspiration or motivation towards their coursework. The second type consisted of dropouts that struggled to even pass. Among those students who felt ill prepared, they felt it was plausible for them to still graduate if they had remained in school. While those two groups of dropouts hold two completely different types of people, they are victims of an insufficient schooling environment that did not provide the necessary formal education they required to succeed.

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John H Bishop, State Univ. of New York, Ithaca. School of Industrial and Labor Relations at Cornell Univ. “Incentives for Learning Why American High School Students Compare So Poorly to Their Counterparts Overseas. Working Paper #89-09.” 1989.
This article compares how American students perform compared to students in other countries around the world. In all studies, American students performed either the worst, or were located in the bottom percentile for an array of subjects. One proposed reason as to why Americans underperform is simply the culture that surrounds America as a whole. Parents and students do not put education on a pedestal like many other countries. For students and parents around the world, even some in America, education is the single most important thing in ones primitive years. The reason being is because their job market is dependent on one’s success in school, where as America is not exactly this way. Single-handedly, this mentality has caused America to be the most underperforming country with respect to

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