|Credit: Wesley Bedrosian (See Edutopia Article)|
"Over 1265 dropouts already today (1 student every 26 seconds). The time is now to transform education to authentically engage students."It got me thinking about the reasons many students drop out. I did a quick google search and it seems that more than 1/4 of females drop out due to pregnancy and 8% of males drop out due to becoming a father. As a technology specialist in the schools, I feel like this is an excuse for which any school in the U.S. can provide a solution.
A virtual education program for students in this situation could lower the dropout rate, produce more high school graduates and allow these students the opportunity to provide for their families. The typical 8-3 school day is not conducive for a 17 year old that also has to work to support their child. Even if they went to school all day, they would have to work all night and then we are into the fact that they are not getting any time to spend with the child.
I then found this great image (above) which comes from an article on Edutopia that is worth a read. Thoughts? Ideas? Are you in a school district that has a program for dropouts? I'd love to hear from you either here or on Twitter!