“How do they not know that you are hungry and you didn’t eat yesterday?” “They say don’t bring weapons, but … I walk to school … and, like, I don’t feel safe.” “My whole life is stressful. I ran away from home … There’s not enough food and everything for everybody to be there. One […]
Author: Terri Wright
We have a good understanding of why students drop out of high school. But if we know this, why aren’t students succeeding in schools and why aren’t schools succeeding in helping them?
One in three teenage girls who have dropped out of high school give pregnancy or parenthood as the key reason. Once they leave, only half of them complete their high school education by age 22, compared with 90 percent of their non-parenting peers.
When asked by a potential community partner what was the one thing that could be done to improve the health of its citizens, Dr. Adewale Troutman, the then newly appointed director for Louisville’s health department* answered, “to make sure that everyone graduates from high school”. Like many others, the community partner wondered – what does […]
Step One: Call It Out Education has been labeled the “civil rights issue of our time.” Dropout factories––high schools where no more than 60% of the students that start as freshmen make it to their senior year––has become a common-day term. These low-performing public schools tend to be in the poorest zip codes across our country. The negative […]
Although boys and girls who drop out of high school sometimes do so for similar reasons, there are also some clear gender differences in what drives them to drop out. If we are to make progress in supporting all students to graduate, we need to understand these different causes for boys and for girls, and […]
Gaps in Graduation Rates Persist: New data underscore the economic and health imperative of supporting students to graduate
Graduation from high school is not only a rite of passage, it is the ticket to economic prosperity and quality of life. The formula is simple: High school graduates are more employable, healthier and more likely to have health insurance, all of which positively contribute to our economy. But here’s the flip side of that […]
Arif, a young nurse working in a remote Moroccan village, is saving lives with education, a pit latrine, and a group of curious, engaged students. Meeting Arif and seeing his program in action inspired me to think about the power of simple solutions, the things we take for granted in the United States, and the […]
The best teachers and schools cannot compensate for poor health, hunger, fear and sadness, violence, bullying or poverty. When students wrestle with these and other social barriers, they are more likely to miss school, do poorly on tests and drop out.