High School Dropouts

Chloe Gens, Writer

High School Dropout Rate: Solutions for Success - The Edvocate

As time passes, high school dropout rates have been increasing in recent years. Why is that? Well, let’s figure it out and see why. Personally, my dad and most of his friends are high school dropouts, and they all have amazing jobs even without their diplomas. Diplomas are really hard for most students to achieve nowadays even back a few years. More and more people are struggling with mental health, and so many are not mentally able to stick through 4 more years in the education system. Family issues have played a factor, as some struggle more than others. 

Lots of jobs nowadays don’t require a diploma anymore. High school is incredibly nerve-racking to simply receive a piece of paper you hang up and never use. Most high school dropouts aren’t trying to get a law, medical, or teaching job. A lot of people are changing career paths nowadays and their diplomas are going down the drain. More than 27 percent say that they leave school because they are failing too many classes. Nearly 26 percent report boredom as a contributing cause. About 26 percent also say that they dropped out to become caregivers, and more than 20 percent say that school simply wasn’t relevant to their lives.” 20% is a big chunk of our population – school doesn’t fit everyone, and most of the education system doesn’t work for everyone. Of course, now there are things like 5O4 plans, however, still, not everyone is able to work enough to be able to afford school at all. 

Many people have family issues where that push them to drop out in order to take care of their families. With parents off at work, someone must be left to care for and look after the children. It’s not just family issues, money issues can arise concerns involving having enough money to take the kids to school or having enough money to really get involved within school. Everyone’s lives are different. Some people have issues you can’t even see on the surface. Not everyone’s stories must include school, and schooling doesn’t fit everyone. Also on top of all that, not all jobs need a college degree, most jobs just want experienced people in that field.