High School Dropouts: 2006 to the Present Analytical Essay by Nicky

An examination of the problem of high school dropouts in the last decade.
# 149954 | 1,599 words | 7 sources | APA | 2012 | US
Published on Jan 15, 2012 in Sociology (General) , Education (General)

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The paper reveals that there has been a significant increase in the number of high school dropouts in the last decade, especially in the seventeen to twenty-one age group, and looks at several alarming facts related to the increasing dropout rate. The paper considers the consequences of this situation and relates that dropouts will likely become a fiscal burden to the society as they enter adulthood. The paper looks at a number of preventative and remedial measures that can be taken, including a national re-enrollment campaign and preventative measures to ensure that fewer people drop out.

Introduction and Overview
Consequences and Responses

From the Paper:

"A further aspect to take into consideration in an assessment of the overall situation in the United States is that the dropout rates are not consistent and there are various factors that affect the rate in different areas and regions. A study sponsored the America's Promise Alliance and prepared by the Editorial Projects in Education Research Center, states that there is a large difference the drop-out rates in major urban school districts and more affluent suburban districts. "Overall, high school graduation rates are 15 percentage points lower in urban schools as compared to those in the suburbs" (Grey, 2008). There are also differences in the dropout rates for various regions and cities. There are also large disparities in terms of ethnic groups. It has been found that Black and Hispanic students of both genders are more likely to drop out of high school than other groupings. Marc Morial, president and chief executive officer of the National Urban League states that this "...dropout crisis is disproportionately affecting America's communities of color"('High school dropout crisis' continues in U.S., study says).
"However, despite the various differences and variables the affecting dropout rates, the consensus from many experts is that in general the increasing rate constitutes a serious crisis for education in the country as a whole. As a former Secretary of State, Colin Powell, has said; "When more than 1 million students a year drop out of high school, it's more than a problem, it's a catastrophe" (Grey, 2008). This sentiment is echoed in many studies and reports."

Sample of Sources Used:

  • Bennet W.J. (2000) The Index of Leading Cultural Indicators. New York: Broadway.
  • Grey B. ( 2008) High school drop-out rate in major US cities at nearly 50 percent. Retrieved August 30, 2009, from http://www.wsws.org/articles/2008/apr2008/scho-a03.shtml
  • 'High school dropout crisis' continues in U.S., study says. Retrieved August 30, 2009, from http://edition.cnn.com/2009/US/05/05/dropout.rate.study/index.html
  • High School Dropouts in America ( 2009) Retrieved August 30, 2009, from http://docs.google.com/gview?a=v&q=cache:80PHV4SGJkUJ:www.all4ed.org/files/GraduationRates_FactSheet.pdf+high+school+dropouts+2007+-+2009&hl=en&gl=za
  • Issue: High School Dropouts. Retrieved August 30, 2009, fromhttp://www.codmanacademy.org/branches/ssap/index.php?module=pagemaster&PAGE_user_op=view_page&PAGE_id=19

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