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High School Dropouts

A Challenge to the 'Techies' of the World -- Let's Save Our Children

George Halvorson | Posted 02.08.2014 | Education
George Halvorson

Technological geniuses -- your mothers clearly read to you. You have been blessed. This is your chance to actually save a very important part of the world. This is your chance to change the entire lives for millions of our children.

Closing the Opportunity Gap

Alex Wirth | Posted 01.25.2014 | Impact
Alex Wirth

This month's release of the Opportunity Nation index highlighted a figure we should all be concerned about: 5.8 million young people ages 16-24, one in every seven, are neither working or in school.

High School Dropouts: More than Loss of Money

Matthew Lynch, Ed.D. | Posted 01.23.2014 | Education
Matthew Lynch, Ed.D.

It seems that every time the issue of high school dropouts is discussed it all centers around money. U.S. Census Statistics tell us that 38 percent of...

What's a Liberal Arts Education Really Worth?

Steve Mason | Posted 01.23.2014 | College
Steve Mason

The bottom line regarding a well-rounded, liberal arts education is that it has nothing to do with any kind of bottom line. It allows one to better appreciate music and art, history and literature. Very simply, it teaches one to live -- not to earn a living.

We Must Step Up to Keep Our Kids From Dropping Out

Stacey D. Stewart | Posted 12.15.2013 | Impact
Stacey D. Stewart

There's no question that test scores are important, but we cannot ignore the impact that chronic absenteeism has, not only on a young person's academic career, but quite possibly on the rest of his or her life.

Why America's Students Are Dropping Out (INFOGRAPHIC)

Posted 10.18.2013 | Politics

In today’s competitive economy, the value of a diploma cannot be overstated. Yet when only seven in 10 ninth-graders complete high school on tim...

Why I Dropped Out

| Posted 09.18.2013 | Teen

This is a teen-written article from our friends at Youth Communication, a nonprofit organization that helps marginalized youth develop their full pote...

Teens and Money: The Jobs of the Future

Natalie Pace | Posted 10.14.2013 | Parents
Natalie Pace

One of the most important decisions we ever make is what we are going to grow up to be. Astronaut or the Lone Ranger score high when we are in kindergarten, but by high school, many of us are completely clueless as to what we want to do for the rest of our lives.

America Is Discussing: Is Today's Youth a Lost Generation?

Arzu Kaya Uranli | Posted 09.14.2013 | College
Arzu Kaya Uranli

We believe each generation looks for new inventions, new innovation and new symbols because it considers itself to be brighter and luckier than the one before it. However, this view has been changing in the U.S.

A Stronger Grad Nation

John Bridgeland | Posted 09.20.2013 | Impact
John Bridgeland

Our challenges haven't disappeared. If anything, they've become more urgent, and if not addressed, will affect millions of young people, society, and our economy.

Cool Program Helps Teens Graduate Outside Of School (VIDEO)

The Huffington Post | Krystie Yandoli | Posted 06.28.2013 | Teen

In attempt to reduce high school dropout rates, one non-profit organization is promoting an alternative way for students to receive their diplomas. ...

Stars Who Never Finished Their Studies

The Huffington Post | Samantha Toscano | Posted 07.29.2013 | Celebrity

Now that May has turned into June and summer rolls on, high school students all across the country are getting ready to walk across the stage and get ...

Who Is His Mother?

Myra Evans | Posted 07.30.2013 | Parents
Myra Evans

Last week, David Karp, the founder of Tumblr, sold his company to Yahoo. As much as I was in awe of this 26-year-old man's accomplishment, I could not help but wonder about his mother. Who was the woman that raised her son and encouraged him to drop out of high school and enter the workforce?

The High Costs of Aging Out

Richard Buery | Posted 07.07.2013 | Impact
Richard Buery

Too many youth in foster care spend their 21st birthday packing their bags, finding a place to live and figuring out how they are going to pay the rent and put food in the fridge.

Why We Need To Reform Education Now

Sir Ken Robinson | Posted 05.03.2013 | TED Weekends
Sir Ken Robinson

2013-01-18-TEDplayvideo.jpgIn the ten years since the launch of No Child Left Behind, these efforts have intensified. The results have been unimpressive. Graduation rates continue to falter and students and teachers alike are becoming more disaffected. So what's the real problem here?

Corporate Civic Engagement Goes Big: Thousands of Comcast Volunteers Unite to Revitalize Communities

Michael Brown | Posted 06.26.2013 | Impact
Michael Brown

On Saturday, April 27, more than 70,000 volunteers in cities from Boston to Los Angeles, will pick up their paintbrushes and hammers for a remarkable day of service, Comcast Cares Day. It is the nation's largest single-day corporate volunteer effort and a model of how a company can give back to its community.

Central Truths, Learned on the Margins

Dan Cardinali | Posted 06.24.2013 | Impact
Dan Cardinali

What I've found over the years is that problems -- and solutions -- often look quite different on the periphery. For those of us at the "center" of society, the problems on the periphery can appear smaller because we are physically or psychologically removed from the fallout.

Making the Grade After Graduation

Lydia Dobyns | Posted 06.15.2013 | Politics
Lydia Dobyns

Millions of high school seniors are beginning to receive college acceptance letters, but data surrounding students' performance once they get to college should dampen the elation.

Education Under Arrest: Taking America Out of Its Comfort Zone

Tavis Smiley | Posted 05.25.2013 | Media
Tavis Smiley

Schools have literally become gateways to prison, instead of gateways to learning. When we wrapped filming, I kept thinking to myself, "There has to be a better way." Thankfully, there is.

Thrive Right Now

Catherine Gobron | Posted 05.12.2013 | Parents
Catherine Gobron

We put a colossal amount of energy into shepherding students through systems that don't quite fit for many individuals. For some, doesn't quite fit is an understatement. For some, real suffering and damage is taking place as they try to fit but don't.

More Latinos Are Graduating, But Dropouts Are Still a Problem

Gabriel Sanchez Zinny | Posted 05.01.2013 | Latino Voices
Gabriel Sanchez Zinny

Latinos, who have long suffered from an "achievement gap" in educational performance in comparison with white and Asian students, have seen their attendance rates rise and dropout rates fall. What is behind this decrease in dropouts?

School Turnaround Americorps Program Will Cost $15M, Target Poor Performance Says Arne Duncan

AP | PHILIP ELLIOTT | Posted 04.27.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- High school dropouts are costing some $1.8 billion in lost tax revenue every year, education advocates said in a report released Monday....

How Rick Perry Solved the Dropout Problem by Making Galveston Disappear

Jason Stanford | Posted 04.22.2013 | Politics
Jason Stanford

Increasing the percentage of kids you move through high school from 75.4 percent to 86 percent is big news, no matter what the ranking. How did he accomplish this marvelous feat?

An Invitation to Step Outside

Catherine Gobron | Posted 04.13.2013 | Parents
Catherine Gobron

As it turns out, how people behave in one setting does not predict how they will behave in a very different setting.

Only Four In Ten D.C. Third Graders Are Proficient Readers, Report Finds

The Huffington Post | Chelsea Kiene | Posted 02.04.2013 | DC

Only four in 10 D.C. third-graders are proficient readers and even fewer are proficient in math, according to a report release Monday. According to...