Alison Kepner of The News Journal reports that dropouts are a problem in many states but Delaware has had a consistent graduation percentage below the national average. Only six out of 10 Delaware high schoolers will graduate by 2010. Dropouts are more likely to be --
•living in poverty
•receiving government assistance
When 500 dropouts, ages 16-25, were interviewed, they gave many reasons for leaving school:
•47% said classes were not interesting (system problem)
•43% missed too many days to catch up (family problem)
•45% entered high school poorly prepared by their earlier schooling (system problem)
•69% said they were not motivated to work hard (system problem)
•35% said they were failing (system problem)
•32% said they left to get a job (family problem)
•25% left to become parents (family problem)
•22% left to take care of a relative (family problem)
Two-thirds said they would have tried harder if they'd been motivated (system problem)
This study makes it pretty clear in my mind that it's a failure of the educational system combined with
a failure on the part of parents...
Dropouts Give Reasons: Why do students leave high school without a diploma?
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