Students’ dropping out of high school are a big problem all over the United States. The reason it is such a big problem is that students that don’t graduate are far worse off than those students who do get their high school diplomas. Some of the things that hurt most high school dropouts are they earn less money, they are more likely to be unhappy and unhealthy in life, they are less likely to be married, and more likely to be in jail than those students who do graduate from high school. (Messacar n.p). Some solutions that are proposed to solve this problem are to raise the legal age to be able to dropout to be from sixteen to eighteen years old, States should invest more in developing support programs for those at risk for dropping out, minimize costs of impressing “compulsory education policies”( Messacar n.p), and using all of these solutions to help the nation’s education system to grow and help students to want to attend college and help students to want to better themselves and their careers. Furthermore, by finding a solution to and minimizing the problem of high school dropouts the economy and the well being of people all over the United States will greatly increase.
The consequences of students dropping out of high school are surprisingly unknown to many people in the United States. Nearly one-third of public high school students, and almost one-half of African Americans, fails to graduate with their class every year (Brideland n.p). John M. Bridgeland author of the article “The High School Dropout Problem said, “most students who dropped out could have succeeded in school” (Bridgeland n.p). It’s scary to think that if these students had just been given the help that they needed; their lives would have turned out much d…
…ying and getting their high school diploma.
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