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ERIC Number: ED001658
Record Type: RIE
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Pages: 5
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SOME COUNSELOR-STUDENT ACTIVITIES THAT CAN HELP DECREASE THE SCHOOL DROPOUT RATE.
CANGEMI, JOSEPH P.
IT IS HELD THAT THE PROBLEM OF STUDENTS' LEAVING SCHOOL WITHOUT A DIPLOMA IS THE MOST CHALLENGING PROBLEM FACING EDUCATIONAL SYSTEMS TODAY. ALTHOUGH MORE STUDENTS ARE CURRENTLY GRADUATING FROM HIGH SCHOOL THAN EVER BEFORE, THE GROWING IMBALANCE BETWEEN JOB OPPORTUNITIES AND EDUCATIONAL REQUIREMENTS HAS STRUCK A DISASTROUS BLOW TO THE MAJORITY OF THOSE PUPILS SEEKING JOBS WHO LACK A GRADUATION CERTIFICATE. ALTHOUGH EDUCATORS AND PSYCHOLOGISTS AGREE THAT ELEMENTARY SCHOOL IS THE PLACE TO INFLUENCE STUDENTS TO REMAIN IN SCHOOL, JUNIOR HIGH SCHOOL IS STILL NOT TOO LATE A TIME TO INITIATE SCHOOL-SPONSORED ACTIVITIES DIRECTED TOWARD THOSE WHO SHOW SIGNS OF DISSATISFACTION WITH SCHOOL. BY THE 7TH AND 8TH GRADES, STUDENTS UNHAPPY WITH SCHOOL HAVE NOT YET MADE A CLEAR-CUT DECISION TO WITHDRAW. COUNSELORS THAT ORGANIZE ACTIVITIES AIMED AT REACHING RELUCTANT LEARNERS CAN RECEIVE HELP FROM STUDENTS WHO ARE POTENTIAL SCHOOL GRADUATES. THE ABILITY OF THESE WELL-ADJUSTED LEARNERS TO COMMUNICATE WITH PUPILS WHO ARE CONSIDERING QUITTING SCHOOL SHOULD NOT BE UNDERESTIMATED. AFTER ENOUGH EXPOSURE TO THE RIGHT KINDS OF EXPERIENCES, IT SHOULD BE POSSIBLE FOR A POTENTIAL DROPOUT TO CHANGE HIS PERCEPTION OF THE VALUE OF A DIPLOMA. THE FOLLOWING ARE SOME ACTIVITIES WHICH MAY INFLUENCE STUDENTS IN THEIR ATTITUDE TOWARD SCHOOL--TALKS WITH PAST DROPOUTS, FIELD TRIPS, EXHIBITS, BOOKS AND PAMPHLETS, PLAYS AND SKITS, SPEAKERS, PANEL DISCUSSIONS, DEBATES, AND VOCATIONAL REPORTS.
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Authoring Institution: Syracuse City School District, NY.
Identifiers: MADISON AREA PROJECT; New York (Syracuse)