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Tuesday, November 21, 2006

The High School Drop Out Epidemic

If 16 is too young to buy cigarettes and to vote, how can it be old enough to make such a life-changing decision?

In several of the largest schools in America, educational systems are losing half of the students through drop out. However, the problem is not only in the big cities. A recent study by the Department of Education found that 31% of American students were dropping out or failing to graduate in the nation's largest public school districts.

The consequences of students dropping out of high school are massive. Not only for the student but to the national economic community. Students who drop out of High School risk a higher chance of poverty according to the U.S. Census Bureau. In addition, High school drop outs demonstrate a higher risk of criminal activity and a shortened life span due to crime. It's estimated that about 2,500 students drop out of U.S. high schools every day.

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