High Dropout Rates in Public Schools: A Look at the Solutions
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This paper proposes some initiatives that can be undertaken by districts, schools and even teams and individuals within a school, that can engage students in the learning process and ensure that they are stakeholders in their schools and their education. The paper specifically discusses three solutions that can be implemented at the local level - mandatory uniforms, team teaching, and the development of a nurturing but structured school culture - to help students become stakeholders in their schools and their education. The paper relates that when students receive academic and emotional supports, and when they feel as though they are part of something important and meaningful, they will hopefully be encouraged to stay in school and not add to the numbers of inner city dropouts.
From the Paper:"The wearing of gang colors, even inadvertently, can draw kids into violent situations. That is just one reason why some inner city schools advocate for students to wear uniforms. Supporters of uniforms for public school students firmly believe that they "promote school safety and enhance the learning environment, and diminish the clothing competition (Boutelle, 2008). There are other valid arguments in support of uniforms. Just as players on a basketball team are identified by their uniforms so are students within a school. The uniforms help promote the cohesiveness of the student body. Students feel like stakeholders in something bigger than themselves. John Ginn, principal at Sacramento City USD's Bowling Green Charter School, believes that uniforms also help students prepare for the world of work, where they will most likely have to adhere to a dress code, perhaps even one more stringent than the school's (Boutelle, 2008).
"School uniforms are equalizers, decreasing competition among students for the newest designer look or the priciest pair of athletic shoes. A recent article in Fortune magazine showed that the average family could save a considerable amount of money on school clothes when uniforms are the alternative - nearly $400 per year, per child (Kapner & Braine, 2009)."
Sample of Sources Used:
- Ben-Yaacov, Shari. "New Plan to Cut Philadelphia's Dropout Rate". WHYY News and Information, 2 Sept. 2010. Web. 5 Dec. 2010.
- Boutelle, Marsha. "Uniforms: Are They a Good Fit?" Education Digest 73.6 (2008): 34.
- Game, Ann, and Andrew Metcalfe. "Dialogue and Team Teaching." Time and Society 19.2. (2010): 178.
- Kapner, Suzanne, and Maggie Braine. "Dress Code." Fortune 160.4.August 31 (2009): 14.
- Khadaroo, Stacy Teicher. "Graduation Rate for US High-Schoolers Falls for Second Straight Year." Christian Science Monitor. Christian Science Monitor, 6/10/2010: N-1.
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