Monday, July 21, 2008

High school drop-out rate twice as high as first estimated in California

Joanne Jacobs reports the Drop-out data reveal crisis:

Some 24.2 percent of California students drop out of high school, according to new state data. That’s nearly double the failure rate estimated before the state started tracking individual students. About 68 percent of students earn a high school diploma; another 8 percent complete a GED or other alternative certificate.

In one of the comments Rob says:

Slowly but steadily, our national level of education is sinking lower and lower. It’s like Hal in the movie 2001, A Space Odyssey, when he says he can feel his mind going. Whether it’s checkout clerks who can no longer make change or adults who are proud of not being able to add fractions or high school kids who can’t find Iraq on a map, the signs are all around us.

When I hear someone critize homeschoolers I often wonder if the critic has a clue about how bad are many government schools"

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ProserpinaFC said...

Is that a testament to bad schools or poor children?

Poor children drop out. "Poor schools" usually spend more money per child, but they still drop out.

So, what value does any of that add to homeschooling besides "I don't want my kids around poor children."


(Really. How does poverty enter into the homeschooling factor?)

Henry Cate said...

I'm sure poverty is a factor, but the increase in the drop out rate is not due to any dramatic increase in poverty.