Drop Out Round Up

Last week’s Do Now looks that the high school drop out crisis in America. Students from all over the country presents reasons they felt their peers are dropping out.

The conversation began with some grim statistics:

More than 20 percent of California high school students drop out of school before graduation, according to 2009 state education data. To get a sense of just how many, imagine sitting in your math class and counting out every fifth student sitting in class with you. In a class of 30, that would be six students.

Of course, 20 percent is just the average dropout rate in California. Some schools have a much lower rate, but for others, it’s much, much higher. And in many cases, it’s low-income areas with large minority student populations that have some of the highest dropout rates.

For instance, in 2009 more than one third of California’s African American public high school students didn’t graduate. That’s far above the rate for any other ethnic group. Hispanics had the second highest rate, at 27 percent, according to the state’s data.

Below is the conversation along with narrated slideshows from teachers from the Bay Area.


Matthew Williams

Matthew Williams is a filmmaker and media educator who has recently transplanted to Oakland from Los Angeles. He believes that you are what you eat and feels everyone should have a multitude of dietary options for self-realization. Matthew is the Educational Technologist at KQED.

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