Originally Written in the Detroit Public TV American Graduate Blog
During the State of the Union address on Tuesday, President Obama made a bold call for new action against the drop out epidemic.
Obama called for the nation’s sates to enforce a new requirement which would keep students who have not already graduated from high school or turned 18 in school.
Currently, more than 7,000 students drop out of school every day in America. These numbers have implications to impact not only the lives of youths leaving school, but also the future of America’s economy.
It is proven those who graduate are more likely to earn higher earnings over the course of their lives, than those who do not. Individuals without diploma or a GED, struggle in a highly competitive job market. Lacking a high school diploma is a serious barrier to a career path.
“When students are not allowed to drop out, they do better.” Is Obama’s observation, and seems to hold true.
For a full run down of President Obama’s State of the Union