How Important Is it to Finish School?
How important is it actually finishing school?
For some people school can be very difficult, which leads some to drop out. But the question is how much are you really affected by dropping out. Throughout life students here that they can not be “successful” without dropping out. We aren’t talking about geniuses like Bill Gates, Steve Jobs, or Mark Zuckerberg. Not everyone who drops out turn into a billionaire. Statistics show that 1.2 million students drop out of high school. If you think about it, it turns out to be one student every 26 seconds. 25% of high school students don’t even finish school in time. The question is how will they “survive” in the real world without a high school diploma.
In an article called, “A Place Called School. Prospects for the Future” say that kids do not value the importance of education because many simply do not understand the curriculum. Its not always that the person who drops out is mentally challenged but some just do not find the need. Many are also confused entirely. Circumstances in students live led many of them to drop out. For example, the teachers, students, or family problems may be some but not all the reasons kids drop out. High school dropouts should not be looked down upon but instead their voices should be heard by the people. Their voices may help show the United States how to improve the education system or entirely find out what causes people to drop out.
You may be asking how does dropping out of high school affect the job you get. Certainly dropouts will not get the brightest jobs and their paychecks won’t be even close. Statistics show that an high school dropout makes an average of $29,848. It is hard to make a living with that amount. It is less compared to the amount you can make with finishing high school If you have a high school diploma you can make an average of $41,288. I believe that many students drop out because they do not know the dangers/consequences of dropping out. The reasons are endless because it could just be that in the neighborhood or environment they are in. Many kids tend to drop out because they see other friends/family doing the same.
Is there any way to stop high school students from dropping out completely. I believe that it will be impossible to stop everyone from dropping out but there's a way to limit the number of people who drop out. A book from Ralph B. McNeal, shows that it is possible to keep students from dropping out by providing more extracurricular activities that will keep many students attached to school and give them a urge to come to school on a daily basis. Not only this but their should be speakers who come to schools across the country and teach kids the consequences of dropping out. Even though we can not end it we can limit it.
In conclusion, it is always good to remember that not all high school dropouts are bad. Many of them have reasons that cause them to do such actions. Kids may have to provide for their family and in order to do so many will have to drop out. To limit the number kids should be taught the cons of dropping out and how it can affect your life greatly.
1. http://eric.ed.gov/?id=ED236137 (Scholar)
2. http://eric.ed.gov/?id=ED513444 (Scholar)