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High School Dropouts

Waiting in Vain for "Superman"

Jacqueline Kravette | Posted 05.25.2011 | Impact
Jacqueline Kravette

Guggenheim deconstructs the antiquated educational system to enlighten us to the fact that when the system is broken it must be fixed.

Texas' Incredibly Shrinking Dropout Problem

Justin Snider | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Justin Snider

Reports of another "Texas Miracle" are making the rounds in the media, as the Lone Star state says that the dropout rate for the Class of 2009 was 9.4 percent.

How Cutting Teen Dropout Rates Could Stimulate the Economy

Bob Wise | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Bob Wise

The government would reap $45 billion in extra tax revenues if the number of high school dropouts in the U.S. were cut in half by 2018. That's an economic stimulus package that everyone should be able to get behind.

Learning Works Charter School Chasers Help Dropouts Graduate

Posted 05.25.2011 | Impact

"Chasers" make all the difference at Learning Works! Charter School in Pasadena, California. Unlike at a typical educational institution, the Learning...

Why Isn't Academia Preparing Our Children for Business And Life? Ringing (Out) the IQ Bell

Brian Ross | Posted 05.25.2011 | College
Brian Ross

Why can't Academia, from Kindergarten to doctoral programs, retool in the 21st century to educate all of us for who we really are, and not mold our children into products of a diploma mill?

Of What Value Is a High School Diploma?

Dr. Jim Taylor | Posted 05.25.2011 | College
Dr. Jim Taylor

Is the usual coursework that most students take on their way to graduation going to prepare them for life after high school?

Los Angeles Area High School Students Find a Path to Graduation Through Art

Raymond Leon Roker | Posted 06.04.2010 | Los Angeles
Raymond Leon Roker

The HeArt Project is designed specifically for kids who have struggled in traditional educational environments and are at risk of dropping out of high school.

Only Kids Can Fix This Economy

J.B. Pritzker | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago
J.B. Pritzker

Early childhood education is an urgent educational, economic and moral imperative. Without it, we face a long-term national economic security crisis.

Joining the Fight Against the High School Dropout Crisis

Audrey Kuo | Posted 05.25.2011 | Los Angeles
Audrey Kuo

In the next few weeks, millions of high school students will celebrate more than a decade of hard work in graduation ceremonies across the country. And more than a million more will not.

Hitting the ADD/ADHD Wall - Over and Over Again

Michael B. Laskoff | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Michael B. Laskoff

Here's a simple question: how do I get all the way to being an adult without knowing that I have ADHD? I've been asking myself that since being diagno...

Teachers on America's Schools

John Bridgeland | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
John Bridgeland

No constituency is more vital in meeting the challenge to increase high school graduation rates and reform public schools than our nation's teachers.

Obama Announces $100 Million to Prepare Students for College

Anya Kamenetz | Posted 05.25.2011 | College
Anya Kamenetz

Crossposted from I'll be moving most of my posting over there for the next few months around the book launch. Chronicle of Higher Ed p...

A Better Alternative

Tom Vander Ark | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Tom Vander Ark

About two thirds of American students leave high school unprepared for college and careers; almost a third drop out and another third graduate unprepa...

CPS Lacks Comprehensive Plan For 50,000 Dropouts

Catalyst Chicago | Sarah Karp | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

The average student who enrolls in an alternative school faces steep odds to graduating. Low skills, tough lives and scarce resources at schools are b...

Colorado's Declining Competitiveness

Jim Thomas | Posted 05.25.2011 | Denver
Jim Thomas

This is the Colorado Paradox: many residents value college for themselves, but we import most of our university degrees and are unwilling to tax ourselves for higher education.

Nearly A Quarter Of African-American Male Dropouts End Up In Jail: Study

Chicago Public Radio | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

A new study shows nearly a quarter of African-American males who drop out of high school end up in jail....

Thousands of Kids Drop Out of High School Daily - How Are We Going to Solve the Problem?

Esther Wojcicki | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Esther Wojcicki

Almost fifty percent of students in the fifty largest American cities drop out of high school. In some cities, there is over a seventy percent drop out rate. One consequence is an increase in crime and the prison rate.

Picking the Right College Is About to Get Easier

Tom Vander Ark | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Tom Vander Ark

The Internet has made online searching for potential colleges much easier but in some respects complicates the process with a world of choices. Two organizations are trying to solve this problem.

Dropouts: Attitudes and Antidotes

Tom Vander Ark | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Tom Vander Ark

About half of low income and minority students fail to graduate. The causes are complicated. Perhaps most foundational are our attitudes about and aspirations for young people.

The Day My Union Died

Dennis Danziger | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Dennis Danziger

Our strike wasn't about us teachers asking for better health care or more money, we were going to protest Cortine's decision to hold back funds allotted for education.

A Scandal More Shameful than AIG and Just as Costly for Taxpayers

Keli Goff | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Keli Goff

We should be treating America's dropout epidemic with the same measure of urgency, outrage and activism that has spurred us to tackle drunk driving, AIDS Awareness, and even climate change.

Is God Stupid?

Michael Henry Adams | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Michael Henry Adams

Wouldn't benevolent God be more likely to be like your mother or grandmother, than like most of our fathers? It's not that I am an avowed atheist, no...

Droppin' Out: The Real American Crisis

Casey Gane-McCalla | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Casey Gane-McCalla

For too many years Americans have fought against things: communism, drugs, poverty. Isn't it time to fight for something?

The Economic Bailout Is Not Enough: The Case for Obama, Education, and the Longer View

Martin Carnoy | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Martin Carnoy

Obama gave twelve major education speeches in this campaign and McCain only two. McCain hasn't introduced a major education initiative in his 26 years in Congress.

Eating Disorder Roulette

Charlotte Hilton Andersen | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Charlotte Hilton Andersen

Why do teens get eating disorders? Blame it on their friends! But wait, it's not that simple. In fact, it doesn't matter which group teen girls actually fall into, but only which group they most identify with.