SAT scores are declining. I am convinced that one of the reasons is that the school day and year are too short. Without additional time, it is virtually impossible for students behind grade level -- particularly poor and minority students -- to catch up. Longer school days can lead to fewer crimes committed by young people and a decline in teen pregnancy. An extended school day gives administrators the ability to ensure children get a well-rounded education.
Should Students Have the Right to Drop Out of School at Any Age? In the tradition sense, a solid education background or advanced degree can guarantee a good career. Based on this perspective, students should work hard and finish school. However in reality, new data from the state Department of Education shows “More than 1 in 5 public school students in the county will drop out of school by their senior year”. However, if students have the right reason to drop out of school due to their personality and personal interest, family issues, or they have own business, they should be able to decide their future since talent is not based solely on academics.
Finishing high school is an important milestone in a person’s life, which not only marks the beginning of adulthood, but also opens up higher education and career opportunities. Unfortunately, the U.S.A suffers from one of the highest dropout rates in the developed world, with nearly 7,000 students dropping out of high school every day. In 2012, nearly 22 percent of all students left school without a high school diploma. Dropping out of school can have disastrous, permanent effects on a person’s life. Teens quit school for any number of reasons, but knowing what they are and what risk factors are associated with them can help parents keep their child in school until graduation day.
Also, some people argue that taking a year off may cause high school students lose the studying interest because they are exposed to the real social life earlier, and they are more likely to get lost in the fancy world than their classmates. Taking a year off can also be risky; some unexpected things might happen like the car accident, the unexpected injury and etc. Although the opponent might be valid, I still believe high students should take a gap year before getting into college for the following reasons. Firstly, taking a year off after high school can help students perform better academically. According to David Rynick, executive director of Dynamy Internship Year (MA), "While there is significant peer pressure, parental pressure, and school pressure to go right on to college, the adventurous few who take time off are richly rewarded.” (“Gap Year”) By taking a gap year, high school students are able to travel different places, they meet different people; they hear different life stories.
Even though the drop out rate has been decreasing annual the dropout rate is still too high at 7% in 2011. (nces.ed.gov/fastfacts.com) While there are many reasons for dropping out of high school there are some factors that I have found to be more apparent in the high school drop out. Several decades worth of studies have documented that dropouts are more likely to be poor, minority, and male and also come from a single parent family. However students who have those characteristics are more likely to drop out but it is educational reasons over personal reasons that pose the more realistic reason why students drop out of high school. Students with poor academic performance and educational disengagement prove to be the main reason students drop out of high school.
Review of Article on 4 Day School Week With many districts across the country considering a schedule switch, from the traditional 5 day school week to a shortened 4 day schedule. By making the switch districts are trying achieve a savings financially, through transportation, food service, and utilities, but is it at the cost of academics? Traditional thought would be yes, but is that what statistics support? My plan in this review is to take a closer look at the 4 day school week to see the effects having shorter schedules have on student performance. From my personal perspective is that schools should never do anything to hurt student performance.
They want to make sure they have an excellent Christmas for their children and families, so they are going to cut back on entertainment Right now the national unemployment rate has gone up to 8.6%.1. As I stated before, because of this economy fall, people have to really second guess what they spend their money on. Entertainment is seen as leisure time, not a priority in life. And with how much bowling cost right now, people find it not worth it. At my center, a game is $3.95/per game, per person and shoes are $4.10/ per person.
Americans are brought to believe that if they work hard, they will succeed in life. This is not the case though, due to the lack of education to earn a living wage for most families already in poverty. In 2005, thirty-seven million Americans, representing twelve-point-seven percent of the population, lived below the poverty line (Beegle 15). High school dropouts are more likely to be unemployed and earn a lower wages. Studies show that in 1993, the risk of poor children were two times higher for grade repetition and high school drop outs, one-point-three times more for parents reporting emotional or behavioral problems, and six-point-eight times for reported cases of child neglect (Beegle 17).
Let Them Be Kids In 2009, president Obama gave a speech about a competitive American education and in his speech he said: “Now, I know longer school days and school years are not wildly popular ideas”, and he also said: “ I think we should have longer school years” (Office of the press Secretary) (1). However, do we really need longer school days? Do we need to extend school hours? As a mother of three kids, I appreciate every minute I spend with my kids, so I absolutely don’t want my kids to spend almost their entire day at school. There are many effects with long school hours on my kids such as little or no time for after school activity like sports.
Students around the nation are always confused or forget the topic because of the time they have to learn it. Like Obama said, students spend more than 50 percent more time learning, with a school day that typically goes from 7:30 a.m. to 5 p.m (Obama,2010). Students need to understand and memorize the topic to have a good future in college. Subsequently, the students need a good grade to have a good future. In the us there are a lot of setbacks that need an extended school day to get better grades.