I think the statistic is 90 percent of all inmates are high school drop outs not 90 percent of all high school drop outs are inmates. but there is significant reasons for these statistics. One being that those educated have more oppurtunities and two being that those educated are better able to afford a good defence. No matter what it is clear. if you are not educated you have a better chance of ending up in jail than if you are educated.If you say like 90 percent of dropouts end up in jail. well I look at that as being horribly inflated, where as saying 90percent of our jails population are dropouts make make sense. It stands to reason our jails are absolutely full of dropouts but so is society. so I don't think they are presenting the stats appropriately. I would never allow a child to dropout its just not conducive to a productive future but I don't buy that if I've raise a child with strong morals and for any unforseen reason they wouldn't get a diploma it automatically puts them in a mood to go out and become a criminal. but I absolutely know they would always be below everyone else anywhere they worked if they could find work. That's really where they need to focus these kids because most kids don't believe that dropping out is going to change who they are so maybe focus more on showing them how the world and job market will respond to a decision not to complete school
The Mercer County Board of Education is taking chronically truant students and some parents to court as part of a new program aimed at reducing truancy in its schools.
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#129 Jan 5, 2012
Since: Sep 11
#130 Jan 5, 2012
As for the issue of drop-outs - this is an issue of correlation and causation. It is not that high school drop-outs are predisposed to become criminals, rather, criminals are predisposed to become high school drop-outs by virtue of their natures.
As for the issue of society, community, &c: the lot of you can get stuffed. If the purpose is to help the parents, then from whence cometh the courts? It is a way for public school bureaucrats to take a power trip and maybe come into some federal money.
If I come across abuses, I will offer a room in my apartment on the Virginia side of the border for use as a safehouse.
#131 Jan 5, 2012
Get your Ruby Payne mindset on and you will see that the common thread more than drop-out status is POVERTY. Poverty also leads to dropping out. Make the students go to school but realize that the real goal is to cure poverty,not to just hand out a few more diplomas.
#132 Feb 10, 2012
Please visit the "truancy" forum on the Princeton page.
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