Thursday, February 23, 2006

Anti-dropout Bill

Indiana has proposed an anti-dropout bill that would NOT allow a student to drop out of school before the age of 18 unless it were for medical reasons or financial hardship.

Why am I skeptical? A law can't really address WHY students dropout - it can only say "you aren't allowed to." The reasons are so socially complex in most cases I know of that simply saying "you can't leave here" isn't going to make a difference.

How do we address the emotional and social complexities of why 20-30% of our students give up at this point in their lives?

What some principals predict is that a significant number of potential dropouts will willfully break known rules in order to get themselves kicked out. If they don't want to be here they won't be there - a new rule won't change that.

Sooooooo....back to the real issue. How does society address the real reasons why so many students find school irrelevant?

1 Comments:

At Thursday, February 23, 2006, Blogger Angel, librarian and educator said...

An interesting conundrum Super, what if they do start misbehaving more to get themselves kicked out? Or would the law not allow the schools to kick them out, maybe "can" them in some alternative school instead? Seems that, as usual, society (or the geniuses running it) are thinking more of what feels good than of what may actually be good and work. Like you say, what about all the issues and reasons as to why they do drop out? And the sad thing is, those that do drop out often regret it. I taught at an Adult Literacy program, and I heard a good share of stories with the premise, "If I had not dropped out of school. . ."

Best, and keep on blogging.

 

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