Free Lance-Star reporter Amy Umble covers Stafford County schools and other education issues
Why students drop out of school
Last month, we reported on the dropout rates at area high schools. As we tracked down the numbers and quotes from school officials, I kept thinking about how each of these numbers represent an actual person, a student who didn’t finish high school. Why would someone not get a diploma, when a high school education is the minimum requirement for most jobs?
Because they lack parental support, it turns out. A study released today reports that 23 percent of high school dropouts leave school because they don’t have a parent backing up their education. That was the most reported reason for dropping out, followed closely by having a child–21 percent of high school dropouts reported that they left school when they became parents.
Other dropouts said they left school because they were failing classes, uninterested in classes, struggling with a mental illness, working to support their families or bullied at school.