DROPOUT DILEMMA Santa Fe school district tunes in to dropouts

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Posted: Sunday, April 7, 2013 7:00 am | Updated: 12:15 pm, Mon Apr 8, 2013.

One dropped out of high school to take care of his ailing mother. Another said he left to work so he could support his new baby.

One said he had too much freedom in school and was not offered enough choices. One got kicked out, and yet another left because no one tried to stop him.

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  • WPeterson posted at 12:10 pm on Mon, Apr 8, 2013.

    WPeterson Posts: 44

    What exactly is Obama doing to create that nation you claim he is building?

  • Larry Staeden posted at 12:05 pm on Mon, Apr 8, 2013.

    Larry Staeden Posts: 4

    62% graduating from high school leaves us with 38% dropping out. Just those
    counts make me think we are not doing very well for the children. It would be
    nice to know how many of those 38% also had parents that dropped out of schoo alsol. Yet today those going to our school system have alot more negative things tugging at them today. Also how many of them come from parents that survivie on todays entitlements such as food stamps, hud housing, welfare payments, low income subsidies. During my generation I witnessed many more disabled persons
    that worked or had some kind of trade, work or self employment than what I see
    happpening today. Anyway we do need to research this problem more so we
    really understand more about what all us causing so many students to simply
    quit school. For starters all of us should promote these young persons to
    stay in school and be involved by simply inquiring and speaking to these
    young students about how school is going and if they have any plans to
    go on to trade school or college etc. And always praise those that are
    actually doing staying in school and or learning a trade, going to college
    or planning to serve in our military etc or serve in some kind of program
    for our country.

  • John Cole posted at 11:10 am on Sun, Apr 7, 2013.

    JColeGRF Posts: 1

    The pattern toward dropping out starts a lot earlier then high school. I believe this is why programs like Larragoite will not work as well as some would hope. Elementary systems need to be examined much more closely. There are parental, as well as, patterns established in schools that are sociological that need to be observed, accepted, and discussed at a community level.

    I also see too much emphasis on world competition when most students simply need to learn the basics of survival and how to build a comfortable life within today's realities. The traditional liberal education remains important but too much emphasis on it will deprive students of building a sense of value for their own lives. Simply stated, not all students are going to be physicists. Most of us will continue to manage with a simple understanding of accounting.

    Lastly, competition. This is a concern I have since being a coach. Parent's expectations with their kids, particularly at younger ages, can be tough on their offspring. Is this a good thing? I think it's a worthy conversation to have in our families and communities.

    Our world is changing and the systems we've supported for so long, need to change as well. Personally, I think this is a wonderful time where no matter how tough the conversations can be, this time will demand appropriate answers to difficult questions. Now is not the time to sweep questions under the carpet. Our kids are screaming ... why aren't we listening?

  • Amethyst posted at 11:07 am on Sun, Apr 7, 2013.

    Amethyst Posts: 13

    Things have not changed that much. My mother was forced to drop out of school in her senior year to work to help support her family. That was in the 1930's. It is sad that we still have no way to help poor families now so that their children can get a good education and better themselves instead of having to drop out of school for menial jobs just to pay bills. One should not have to be rich to be able to get an education. My mother regretted not having been able to finish high school until the day she died at age 93. Let's hope these kids aren't feeling the same way when they are that age.

  • Jimmy Green posted at 9:58 am on Sun, Apr 7, 2013.

    Evil_J Posts: 145

    let me save the taxpayers a ton of money and tell you why. Just like the film tech union in this state, employers don't want smart workers they want dumb workers who just lift things and move them or hammer nails. smart workers ask too many questions. That is the nation that nObama is building and the one you all apparently wanted. that is all. it's simple really.


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