The dropout rate for low-income students is five times greater than for their high-income counterparts. This problem is compounded in the workforce, where high school dropouts are ineligible for 90% of jobs in the economy. Changing an outdated education system can impact how kids perceive their education and lower dropout rates.
Dropouts cited the following reasons for leaving school:
The decision to drop out is a dangerous one for the student, particularly in a post-Industrial and technological age in which workers need at least a high school diploma to compete in the workforce. Dropouts are much more likely than their peers who graduate to be unemployed, live in poverty, receive public assistance, be in prison, on death row, unhealthy, divorced, and ultimately single parents with children who drop out from high school themselves.
Source: The Silent Epidemic: Perspectives on High School Dropouts
The Generation Schools Model provides answers
to the drop-out epidemic.