Port Vila, Vanuatu (PressExposure) October 30, 2009 -- A report from the Educational Testing Service revealed that little is being done to stop the ever increasing high school drop-out crisis.
Approximately 6.2 million students in the United States dropped out of high school in 2007. That is nearly 16% of all Americans in that age range. Most of the persistent dropouts were Latino or black, according to a report by the Center for Labor Market Studies at Northeastern University in Boston, Massachusetts and the Alternative Schools Network in Chicago, Illinois.
The study shows "In the current global economy, having at least a high school diploma is a critical step for avoiding poverty, and a college degree is a prerequisite for a well-paying job".
The major outcome of the dropout rate is an increase in crime and in prison population. The problem is that more is being spent in keeping prisoners in jail, than is spent on educating children. For one prisoner the typical annual expense is between $20,000 - $50,000. Per year the cost of a pupil is from $7,000 - $20,000, with an average of $9,000.
Arne Duncan, the Secretary of Education, is trying to promote change through incentives in a $100 billion education stimulus package. Ways are being considered where technology will help support the efforts of teachers to individualize instruction for students, improve professional development for teachers, make the curriculum more relevant to the world today and ways that can improve the teaching of reading.
Students need 21st century skills if they are to be successful in the world marketplace.
Talent such as collaboration, technology, computer and Internet search skills, are but a few of the requirements. It is also thought that schools should take advantage of studentsâ love of social networks, mobile devices and collaborative writing tools, such as blogs, to promote learning.
Lesser Developed Nations of the South Pacific, such as the tropical island of Vanuatu, not only have neither compulsory, nor free education. Numerous children are not able to complete their high school education because they do not have the capacity to raise the necessary funds.
On November 19th there will be a Guinness World Record challenge, in an attempt to raise public awareness, as well as raise funds to assist top students to remain in school.
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