ERIC Number: ED396006
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1995
New Information on Youth Who Drop Out: Why They Leave and What Happens to Them. For Parents/about Parents.
Several studies recently conducted by the Federal government and private organizations have produced new information about dropouts. Findings from these studies are summarized so that parents can have up-to-date information when talking to their children about dropping out. Urban and minority students are more likely to drop out of school. The gap between dropouts and more educated people is widening as more of these students drop out. Returning to school for a General Educational Development (GED) certificate can reduce this gap. Statistics show that men who return for a GED earn 21% more than dropouts; women GED holders earn 18% more. Dropouts describe their personal and social lives as being very difficult before they dropped out, and often express these difficulties and a dislike for school as reasons for dropping out. Many felt that the adults in their lives did not help them stay in school. Parents, recognizing this fact, can make an effort to keep their children in school by arranging extra academic help when needed, helping them with personal problems, helping them schedule their obligations to be able to stay in school, and helping them understand what the consequences of their actions will be. If all efforts fail, parents can help young people find a GED program and encourage them to stay with it for an alternative diploma. (SLD)
Publication Type: Guides - Non-Classroom; ERIC Publications
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Office of Educational Research and Improvement (ED), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: ERIC Clearinghouse on Urban Education, New York, NY.
Note: Based on "School Dropouts: New Information about an Old Problem" and "The Impact of Vocational Education on Racial and Ethnic Minorities," two digests published by the ERIC Clearinghouse on Urban Education. For related documents, see UD 030 947-958.