So, is it time to reexamine the current model of a one size fits all system being run by the state, or, worse, by the federal government, and tied to the goal of getting all of the students to pass the big test?And yet over a dropout's entire working life, he or she receives $71,000 more on average in cash and in-kind benefits than paid in taxes. The societal costs may include imprisonment, government-paid medical insurance and food stamps.
In contrast, high school graduates pay $236,000 more in taxes than they receive in benefits, and college degree holders pay $885,000 more in taxes than they receive.
Could it be possible that students are not all the same?
Is it possible that reforms that have an initial cost could pay for themselves with big dividends?
Ask any sixth grade teacher which of his/her students will drop out, then follow those students through high school, and I'd be willing to bet the predictions would be at least 90% accurate. Students don't start dropping out in high school. It starts much sooner than that.