Students who drop out often have many factors that influence their decision. Research shows that key factors for students who are at highest risk of dropping out are: poor grades in core classes, low or poor attendance, failure to be promoted to the next grade, disengagement in the classroom, and behavioral problems (Kennelly, 2007). Student boredom, lack of challenging material, and disengagement due to lack of academic rigor have also been identified as indicators of academic failure. In recent years; the legislation of No Child Left Behind Act has contributed to a situation in which educators are caught between a rock and a hard place. Knowing that students are a greater risk of dropping out when they perform poorly in school, yet increased rigor in the classroom as a strategy to decrease the dropout rate, as identified in the No Child Left Behind Act has created a “Catch-22” situation for educators (Bridgeland J. D., 2009).
Since 1971 education cost has increased from $4,300 to more than $9,000 per student. As seen in Bianca's case, her mother cannot afford to pay for her tuition and Daisy's father is unemployed. These kids are forced into "bad education." Some students do not have any aspirations. They live in a neighborhood full of crime therefore their main focus is survival instead of learning.
Giving High School Dropouts a Second Chance Many American students start off their high school career with a plan. Their plan is to graduate high school and go to the college of their dreams. Unfortunately, many students end up dropping out before they get to carry out their plan. According to Alliance for Excellent Education, “Every school day, nearly 7,000 students become dropouts. Annually, that adds up to about 1.2 million students who will not graduate from high school with their peers as scheduled.” As you can see, the number of high school dropouts is skyrocketing.
The student to teacher ratio for primary schools in Bolivia is 22 to one among the 14, 504 primary schools, however about one in seven children do not complete it. In 2004, according to The Statesman’s Yearbook the Politics, Cultures and Economies of the World, (Turner, pg. 216) the rate of attendance for primary education was 79.5% in 2004. Children in rural places have it much harder than those in urban areas. Many schools don’t have bilingual education, which causes many students to drop out.
Dropping out is a lot more common than people think it is. Five out of every one hundred students enrolled in high school of October 1999 had dropped out by October of 2000 (National Educational Association). Dropping out is a big dilemma all across the world. On the United States’ drop out problem, in Allen County, Indiana eight to ten percent of their students dropped out in the school year of 2004-2005. Then, in 2006, 23.5% of their students did not graduate (Success in Education).
However, in the past two years, the application rate of Asian students began falling. And the phrase “Asian students discrimination” appeared. “‘You at least need to get 1800 of your SAT scores, or you even don’t have the chance to go abroad, I was told everyday before I came to American college”, Clara Pang, a DePauw University freshman Chinese international student said. The high application rate and higher SAT scores requirement made Chinese applicants stressed and nervous. This situation of unfair admission rate happened not only on the students from Asia, but also on the Asian Americans.
‘Widely publicized school shootings during the late 1990’s and early years of the twenty-first century have raised public concerns about rising adolescent violence and created the perception that juvenile delinquency is increasing.’ Statistics shows that juvenile crime rates are actually declining. In 2001, the total number of juvenile arrests was 2.3 million—a figure 4 percent below the total for 2000 and 20 percent below the 1997 total….. However this is a situation that evolved over the years and has not been dealt with appropriately and it can lead to murder, burglary, suicide, school dropout and a state of depression as well. I strongly agree that juvenile delinquency is most prominent in the secondary educational system and it can hamper the child’s ability to learn and it can also cause a nervous breakdown of the child’s nervous system. The three major factors in the secondary educational system that contribute to juvenile delinquency are single parent families, delinquent peers and the mass media.
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.
Getting bad grades can be another reason to leave school; in other words, failing a course and getting bad grades tend to yield attrition, and it may result from different issues that students face. Students who are not succeeding in academics can withdraw from school easily. In one hand, many students
According to the Autism Centre of Excellence (ACE) Twenty percent (20%) of students are affected by this challenge. Another factor is developmental delay this includes delays in physical, cognitive, social, emotional or behavioral development. Twenty seven percent (7%) of Trinidadians are suffering with this disability. A combination of these two impairments has a negative impact on a student’s education performance. College students are also dealing with peer pressure and this is another reason why they drop out.