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High School Dropouts

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...

Where They Are Now: Charting the Careers of 6 Service and Conservation Corps Alumni

The Corps Network | Posted 04.06.2013 | Impact
The Corps Network

2012-11-13-jrlogo300x60.gif Germain had been involved with gang violence and drugs as a teenager, resulting in a misdemeanor conviction and his expulsion from school. In 2008, Germain went back to the same high school from which he'd been expelled to launch a program that helps troubled teens.

Reform in Texas Education: Why We So Desperately Need It

James Golsan | Posted 04.01.2013 | Education
James Golsan

Attempts to expand access to private schools are often viewed as an assault on public education. The reality is that private choice programs not only benefit participating students, but benefit the surrounding public school system as well.

Missouri's Gritty, Whatever It Takes Model

Kate Casas | Posted 01.27.2013 | Education
Kate Casas

Shearwater is identifying children who were thrown away by broken systems, and giving them the grit and determination to metaphorically clean themselves off and try again.

Top Reasons American Students Drop Out Of High School

Posted 11.15.2012 | Education

Absence of parental or educational support and becoming a parent are the two top reasons cited by respondents for dropping out of high school, accordi...

The 'Disappeared' of El Paso

Jason Stanford | Posted 12.26.2012 | Education
Jason Stanford

This is the worst testing scandal to come along under the high-stakes testing regime that rules our schools, but we have no right to act surprised. What happened in El Paso is not an aberration but an inevitable consequence of high-stakes standardized testing.

Scrutinizing Schooling

Kimberly Tan | Posted 12.25.2012 | Teen
Kimberly Tan

Perhaps education has been neglected because politicians don't believe in its value, or because the rise of corporations means the death of free expression and critical thinking that schools promote.

Mitt Romney, Single Parents and Gun Violence

Monique Ruffin | Posted 12.19.2012 | Black Voices
Monique Ruffin

When Mitt Romney speaks of single parents contributing to gun violence, I believe he is speaking to me, not to white, single parents whose suburb-dwelling kids have good schools and enthusiastic teachers.

Impulsive Behavior At The Root Of Youth Gun Violence

Youth Radio -- Youth Media International | Posted 12.11.2012 | Chicago
Youth Radio -- Youth Media International

By: Robyn Gee Chicago just hit its 400th murder of 2012, according to the New York Times. The University of Chicago Crime Lab reports that more black...

Frontline's 'Dropout Nation' Shows What It Really Takes to Turn Around Schools

John Thompson | Posted 12.03.2012 | Education
John Thompson

PBS showed a reality that is lost on data-driven "reformers." Social scientists have documented the primary importance of socio-emotional factors and the need to build trust before academics can improve. And that takes patience.

Let's Expand Our Definition of Education After High School

Jeff Selingo | Posted 12.02.2012 | College
Jeff Selingo

After graduating from high school, he enrolled in Moberly Area Community College, a half-hour south of Macon. Two semesters later, the 28-year-old dropped out. His transcript was filled with A's, but he was bored in his classes.

Volunteers Go Door-To-Door Encouraging Teens To Return To School

Posted 10.01.2012 | Education

A group of 40 volunteers led by Orangeburg Consolidated School District 5 Superintendent Cynthia Wilson went door-to-door throughout the South Carolin...

Stunning Drop In Life Spans For Least Educated Americans

The Huffington Post | Bonnie Kavoussi | Posted 09.21.2012 | Business

In a stunning development, life expectancy for some Americans is actually declining. The life expectancy of white high school dropouts in the U.S. ...