Low grad rates in US cities (AP)

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In an AP wire story, a new report being released today shows 17 of the nation’s 50 largest cities have high school graduation rates lower than 50 percent.

More of our children left behind. Pathetic.


The report, issued by America’s Promise Alliance, found that about half of the students served by public school systems in the nation’s largest cities receive diplomas. Students in suburban and rural public high schools were more likely to graduate than their counterparts in urban public high schools, the researchers said.

Nationally, about 70 percent of U.S. students graduate on time with a regular diploma and about 1.2 million students drop out annually.

“When more than 1 million students a year drop out of high school, it’s more than a problem, it’s a catastrophe,” said former Secretary of State Colin Powell, founding chair of the alliance.

His wife, Alma Powell, the chair of the alliance, said students need to graduate with skills that will help them in higher education and beyond. “We must invest in the whole child, and that means finding solutions that involve the family, the school and the community.” The Powell’s organization was beginning a national campaign to cut high school dropout rates.


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2 Responses

  1. Someday soon I hope our government will see that the drop -out rate is not the fault of the educational system. That’s like blaming grocery stores for the obesity in America.

    What you do when you go through the doors of schools OR stores, is of your own doing. You can choose to go down the candy isle or the produce isle. This is America and we have the right to choose.

    We are at a dead-end with what to do with the dropouts, I agree. But to make it the problem of the educational system is wrong. Maybe this should weigh in more as a problem of our social services. I just wish they’d leave our schools alone. All the “No child Left Behind” policies in the world are not going to force kids to stay in school nor teach those that don’t give a rat’s ass.

  2. I will never forget a magazine interview of Colin Powell I read years ago. He said we need to restore a “sense of shame” to our youth. For instance, it’s no longer shameful for some youth to drop out of school. Yes, the rising drop-out rate seems to be a social problem, not the fault of the educational system, but how can we solve it without involving schools at some level?

    Volunteering today in my child’s second grade class it struck me once again how advantaged he is compared to a lot of his fellow students. Just filing papers in their homework folders shows how little support some students receive from home. I see these poor, frustrated children being forced to move on to new concepts before mastering the previous ones.

    It seems to me the system is good at educating average students, but the slower students keep falling behind while the “gifted” students become apathetic waiting for the others to catch up. I wonder if we are creating a sense of hopelessness in disadvantaged students by NOT leaving them behind when they need more time.

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