We found this infographic about the 10 Types of High School Friends you might find on Facebook to be entertaining.
The say that numbers don’t lie. If that’s the case, then, we must face a very disturbing truth: the high school drop out rate is at epidemic proportions. According to the Ad Councel, 7000 students drop out of school every day. That’s 1 out of every 3 high school students. That’s more than 2.5 million of our young people that will not finish school this year. That equals one dropout every 26 seconds. Young people who drop out of high school have less of an opportunity to find employment, because they will lack the skills to compete in the job market. This will add to the number of unemployed. Lack of jobs and money make people desperate, which means it’s more likely that a high school drop out will commit a crime. 26 seconds have just gone by. In the time it took you to read this paragraph, another young person just dropped out of high school.
Why is the problem of dropping out of high school so prevelant? 65% of 500 high school dropouts interviewed said the reason they dropped out was because they were not motivated to work hard. This indicates a lack of communication and quality time spent between parents and children at home. While teachers and school staff should always be motivators, the greatest responsibility falls upon the parents to motivate and reassure their children. In fact the same number off youths also said they they would have tried harder if more was expected of them.
Poor economic conditions are also major reasons young people drop out of school. The drop out rate in poor areas have historically been substantially higher than in suburban areas. 25% of high school drop outs leave to become parents. This indicates a problem with teenage pregnancy-especially in poor areas. Perhaps nothing speaks so loudly about the economic difficulty of this country as the 32% of high school drop outs to quit school in order to get a job. Many young people have been forced to leave school in order to help their parents pay household bills and take care of other family members.
Numbers don’t lie. They tell us that unless major steps are taken to help today’s youth, the number of high school dropouts will increase. We must hurry. Another 26 seconds have just gone by. That means another teenager has just dropped out of high school…
Public education in the United States consists of three levels: primary (or elementary) school, junior high school, and high school. Class sizes in elementary school are usually kept fairly small, with the size of the class increasing in junior high and then again in high school. The actual size of a high school class can vary somewhat based on whether the school is located in an inner-city area, an urban area or a rural area.
Inner City Class Size
In the Manhattan area of New York City, the GreatSchools.org website shows an average class size to be around 28 kids in the public schools; however the Chicago School District averages out to be somewhat less at about 22 kids per class. Dallas inner city schools average only 20 kids per class, probably because Texas has implemented a strict class-size reduction program through all grade levels. Minneapolis is another city that has put a lot of money into reducing class size through grade twelve, and their class sizes average around 22 kids.
Class Size in Urban Schools
Again using the GreatSchools.org website, a sampling of public urban high schools from across the country shows an average of 22 students per class. Schools checked were in Beaverton, Michigan; Cedar Rapids, IA; Charlotte, North Carolina; Merced, California; and Allendale, New Jersey.
Class Size in Rural Schools
For the smallest class sizes, rural schools are the best bet, although most of them report their data based on number of students per full-time teacher. Northern Valley High School in Almena, Kansas, for example, shows an average of 7 students per teacher. This is not necessarily the same thing as class size, but since there are only 67 students at the school, it’s safe to assume the class sizes are equally small. Surrounding high schools aren’t much larger, at only 10 or 11 students per teacher. Licking High School in Licking, Missouri, has 15 students per teacher and a total student population of 435 students covering grades 7-12.
Inner city and urban high school class sizes in the United States appear to average around 22 students per class, with some larger classes being found in the largest, most under-funded school districts such as in New York City. The smallest class size can be found in rural schools, of anywhere from seven to 15 students, mainly due to the low-density population in rural areas of the U.S. The difference between a 15-student class and a 22-student class might make it worthwhile to relocate your high school student to either an urban or rural area, depending on what your needs are.
The constant changes and evolutions of our world today are sometimes difficult to keep up with. There are no exceptions for high school students. Being a high school student today is no easier than it was years ago, but the challenges may have changed a bit.
Today, many schools are adopting curriculum that will categorize them as a college prep high school. The courses in these types of curriculum are often advanced, faster paced, and are meant to qualify as college courses. Some courses are even called AP courses. These AP classes are often finished with a test that, if passed, can qualify as college credits. Many students looking to get ahead in college take these courses as often as possible. The drawback is for those students that may not be looking to go on to a four year college. Many students today are looking to get an Associates Degree or even spend some time in a trade school before heading out to the work world. There aren’t many classes available for these students other than the standard core classes. Are these students being put to a disadvantage or receiving less of an education simply because they have other plans for their future?
There is another end to the spectrum in a high school. What about those students that struggle with standard classes? Students that are not able to excel in the AP or advanced courses sometimes have a hard time fitting into the classes they have to take. It quickly becomes a matter of simply getting these students to graduate and not preparing them for their future. This can be a serious problem for a student looking to complete the coursework and excel, but not pursue a four year degree.
Teacher availability can be a large problem for students looking for extra help. Many teacher contracts clearly state that they are only being paid for the school day plus a half hour at the beginning and end of the day. Due to the decreasing pay of teachers, many are only staying during the hours they are paid for. If students are unable to meet the teacher during their prep time, they are often not able to have the one-on-one time needed to answer all of their questions.
Aside from the social challenges, there are many other challenges high school students face during their four years. Curriculum problems should not be one of their concerns.
Federal Stimulus Money Is Running Out
One of the reasons why so many school districts are having financial difficulties is that federal money is running out and the needed cuts in public schools that those funds stopped, will have to be given consideration along with the huge mismanagement of funds that occurred when those federal monies hit the states school districts. Actually, federal stimulus money helped school districts to put off needed cuts in public school according to Kevin Lamarque a reporter for Reuters, but turned school districts that were facing huge cuts due to the recession into spending fiends when the deluge of federal monies found their districts. His report also includes the fact that most school districts were hoping to be given funds to stay afloat by the end of President Obama’s first term in office. But, many of the nation’s schools will have used up the federal stimulus monies that they were given long before that.
States Will Have To Find Other Sources Of Revenue When Stimulus Money Runs Out
According to Bruce Baker, professor at Rutgers University, states will have a serious financial problem by the end of this school term in finding means to replace the billions that Congress sent them in stimulus money. They will either have to make the needed cuts to the school system from Kindergarten through Twelfth or find some way of getting those billions that will have been spent replaced.
Reckless Spending Of Stimulus Money Is Being Blamed For Financial Crisis
When Education Secretary Arne Duncan cautioned states about actually spending the billions infused into school districts, the largest ever in the history of the United States, many school districts scoffed and actually added 250,000 more jobs to their rosters. While the stimulus money was to be used to prevent the dire effects of recession from forcing out already existing jobs, school districts spent their share by actually creating more jobs that will have to find some source of continued revenue.
Many of these states who found the windfall of federal money too enticing will be faced with massive lack of funds to meet their payrolls for the 2010 to 2011 school year.
We all know that the more education a person has, the more money he or she will tend to make in their lifetime. This is true whether the person is a high school graduate, or a college graduate. A simple thing to keep in mind is that a bachelor’s degree is now worth twice as much as a high school diploma is. A Ph.D. is now worth twice as much as a bachelor’s degree is.
The mean income earned by high school graduates was about thirty one thousand dollars in 2007. This estimate was roughly twenty six thousand dollars less that the salary earned by a person who has graduated college, according the U.S. Census Bureau. Over the course of about 45 years working, that would amount to about a million dollars. Even having a two year associates degree means that you would be making about one hundred and eighty thousand dollars more than a high school graduate.
Estimated by the Alliance for Excellent Education, twelve percent of the population between the ages of 25 and thirty four who have dropped out of high school are receiving public assistance. Out of the people who have graduated from college, only about one percent receives public help. Only about three percent of college graduates live at or below the poverty line, while almost twenty five percent of high school drop outs do. Fifty percent of the single mothers who have dropped out of school now live below the poverty line.
People who do not have a college degree not only face making a lower salary, but they face job troubles. This is because so many blue-collar jobs are scarce. The numbers of jobs that require a college degree are increasing. A lot of employers feel as if having a high school diploma is not enough qualification. The unemployment rate for a high school graduate is almost four times as high as a college graduate, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics.
We all know that all diplomas and degrees are not equal. A bachelor degree in the arts is worth less than having a bachelor’s in science. A person who majored in engineering may make eighty thousand a year, while English major could only earn about thirty thousand a year. A high school dropout or graduate who works in construction could make more than their classmate who works in the retail business.