*Reads title* "High school dropouts? Meh..." This is what most people probably think before they start reading the article, but I was actually kind of interested in it. I think the reason this article was written was to help persuade students to stay in high school, or at least it has the potential to. The author includes many facts about students who drop out of high school and how graduates are better off.
First of all, I love how the author uses this quote: "The teachers didn't care, the students didn't care." It really helps convey the idea that some students don't care about their education. The author also states that one out of three students in the U.S will not graduate from high school (about the national average.) This helps me see just how many students drop out of high school, and I can't believe it.
I also love how the author lists many reasons that high school graduates are better off in society. The author backs up his/her claims with evidence and states that "dropouts cost taxpayers more than $8 billion annually in public assistance programs like food stamps." This fact is also mentioned again in a different way: The article states that "when Americans lack an education it hurts us all -- in the wallet." This definately makes the situation more...annoying...knowing that our hard-earned tax dollars are being used to pay for the people who are too lazy to learn.
The author again tries to emphasize just how many students drop out of high school. It is stated that "that's 7,000 every school day -- one dropout every 26 seconds." That's a lot of dropouts! This really makes me think how lucky I am to have an education.
"Does it matter what state I live in?" Yes it does! The article states that "if a student lives in one of a dozen states -- including New Mexico, California and Connecticut -- he or she may have it even tougher." I read that the reason for this is because the states' graduation rates dropped between 2002 and 2009. However, if you live in Wisconsin chances are you'll do pretty well; it is stated that Wisconsin has a graduation rate of almost 90 percent. Hmm...I wonder about Kentucky.
Reading this article has really made me appreciate my education. I am now (already was) determined not to drop out of high school and go to college. Whatever the graduation rate for Kentucky is, I want to be included; and if it's low, I'll just move to Wisconsin! (LOL, just kidding!)
Kimberly Barrett, NBCT, Bachelor of Arts of English, Murray State University, 1996, Master's Degree in English, MSU, 2004
Blessed to teach since 1996, I spend my days doing exactly what I've always wanted to do . . . TEACH. I'm married to the sweetest man alive, Tim, and we have two beautiful babies, Marlee Rose and Beau Wilson.