ERIC Number: ED327362
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1990
Reference Count: N/A
Dropping Out: Why Do South Dakota Students Just Say No to School and What Can We Do about It?
South Dakota's graduation rate in 1986-87 was above the national average: 79.7% compared to 71.1%. The dropout rate for 1990 was 4.3%. Of 180 districts, 25 with large numbers of Native Americans have a dropout rate of over 7%. Increasing the rates of graduation for Native American students will require a comprehensive, long-range program. Schools need to break down the barriers between school and real life by using the model of adult learning: working cooperatively on complex tasks of significant duration; and bringing to every problem all intellectual resources. This paper discusses the problems relating to dropouts, and suggests a number of approaches to teaching young people how to learn: (1) expanding the community as a focus of study; (2) redesigning courses or curricula to include entrepreneurship education, so students learn to create as well as to get jobs; (3) creating opportunities for monitored work experiences, including cooperative education, internships, apprenticeships, pre-employment training and youth-operated enterprises; (4) designing community and neighborhood service opportunities that include individual voluntary efforts and youth-guided service programs; (5) redirecting vocational education to offer students hands-on methodology for jobs of the future; (6) providing incentives such as guarantees of postsecondary and continuing education, employment, and training; (7) offering career information and counseling, exposing young people to job opportunities and career options; (8) showing more flexibility on district and state levels in allowing young people over the age of 18 to return to high school; and (9) encouraging closer cooperation between high schools and post-secondary institutions including dual enrollment. (ALL)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Opinion Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Mid-Continent Regional Educational Lab., Aurora, CO.
Identifiers: South Dakota