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ERIC Number: ED500318
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2007-Nov-14
Pages: 19
Abstractor: Author
Two Can Reduce School Dropout: A Live Student and a Wired Teacher
Gentry, Ruben
Online Submission, Paper presented at the American Education Week/Urban Education Conference (Jackson, MS, Nov 14, 2007)
If today's schools were perfect in everything that they do, they would only be 70% effective in educating American students. That is because 30 out of every 100 students drop out of school before graduation. Research has suggested a number of factors as causes and offered recommendations for intervention. The causes are categorized into two dimensions - individual and institutional. Many of the proposed solutions to the problem call for significant commitment in terms of money, school restructuring, and improving socio-economic conditions. Such remedies hold promise but they would require considerable time from the initiation of effort to the point where the impact could be felt; the current generation of students would not be helped. Here, the case is made for taking what is currently available and making the best use of it. Two things that all schools have in common are students and teachers. Students and teachers have unrealized potential for making school into what Americans dream it should be. If students would recognize and demonstrate that they are Live (endowed with a head to think, a heart to love, hands to serve, and health to survive) and teachers would recognize and demonstrate that they are Wired (prepared and positioned to transmit knowledge, transform minds, and illuminate lives), school would be too attractive, inviting, and beneficial for students to dissociate themselves from it before graduation. This paper addresses the school dropout problem from a very pragmatic point of view. (Contains 3 tables.)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Language: English
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