As a drop out myself (saved by learning how to read, curiosity and community college) and as a mom of a child who has essentially left school. I would say it is more accurate that he was 'pushed out' than that he dropped out.
The changes we need to see are a return to basics, my child struggles to put a sentence or paragraph together, he can't do basic math and the only help the school will offer is in the area of social skills and organization. They actually say he is performing on grade level, he's a 9th grader at Lake Oswego. It's supposed to be a high performing school district.
If we want to save our democracy citizens need to be able to read, write and process information for themselves. The rest is fluff, maybe nice fluff but the basics must come first.
Ask yourself how would you perform if you had 7 or 8 different jobs and bosses (teachers) to perform for everyday. They all had their own expectations, personalities, routines and they all have dictatorial power over you. Then at least every 9 months (every school year) all these bosses/teachers change. Oh yeah for 3 months each year they cut you completely loose. (which is left over from when you had to go bring in the harvest) Nobody really knows you and you don't really know anybody. Now why would you want to go back there?
Although there is in theory a set schedule it is often interrupted by assemblies, specials, etc. and you are just one of more than a thousand bodies just about your same age stuffed into this program. It is no wonder that Schools and prisons are designed by the same architects.
That is what almost all schools offer, it's actually a wonder that so many kids stay inside that system.
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