Posted by Alan Gottlieb Jul 21st, 2010.
This speaks for itself. Any statisticians care to comment on the methodology? Here is where to find other major U.S. cities.
Popularity: 15% [?]
There are, of course, very real costs — economic and otherwise — of dropping out before graduating from high school. Certainly a more educated populace adds economic value to the society. And it is always tempting to try to attach dollar figures to important things. The most difficult part of the exercise, though, is that one cannot extrapolate the value each new high school graduate based on the increased earnings etc of existing graduates. This should be obvious by a quick look at the current job market, where many college — let alone high school — graduates cannot find work. A society with 100% college graduates would not have 100% employment or 100% high salaries. So calculations such as this require guesswork.
Setting aside specific calculations such as these, however, the most powerful arguments (for me) about the dropout crisis focus on our society’s belief in universal opportunity. While all students will not graduate from high school or college, all students should have equal and high-quality opportunities to reach those goals. The best “dropout prevention programs” are simply those that step in early to provide such opportunities. A few years back, I worked with some colleagues here at CU Boulder (including fellow EdNews blogger Holly Yettick) to briefly describe the CO dropout problem and clearly set forth what the research tells about what to do.
Please take a look: http://epicpolicy.org/files/DropOutBrochure-January2007.pdf
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