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California high school dropout rate far higher than expected

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posted on Jul, 16 2008 @ 07:40 PM
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California high school dropout rate far higher than expected


www.sfgate.com

California's first true count of high school dropouts shows that one in four kids quit school last year - 127,292 - which is far more than state educators estimated before they began using a new student-tracking system.
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posted on Jul, 16 2008 @ 07:40 PM
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I just read this article and it blew me away. 1 out of every 4 kids drop out in California? 25%???

After reading a bunch of threads that talked about how the school system was changing and softening, I had no idea that this was the case. What is going on in California?

Are any of the other states close to this amount? Or even worse?

www.sfgate.com
(visit the link for the full news article)



posted on Jul, 16 2008 @ 10:28 PM
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Yea... not that surpriseing...


People know whats going on in california... we are just not alloud to say it...



posted on Jul, 16 2008 @ 10:35 PM
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Oh come on, just say it.
Is it because it's a very liberal state or is it because California is full of illegals?



posted on Jul, 16 2008 @ 10:50 PM
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Not surprising, the California school system has been tanking for years. When I was in high school I was in the top percentage of my class every year, not surprising my senior year when I had no Chemistry or Math, however in previous years (other than Biology, Social Science, and Algebra for beginners) I nearly failed math and science classes horridly, and I was still one of the top students. Depressing if you ask me, you’d think people with even one D wouldn’t make the cut but plenty managed. Shows how badly grades and test scores were in general.


[edit on 16-7-2008 by rapinbatsisaltherage]



posted on Jul, 16 2008 @ 10:51 PM
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Wait... what is going on?

I genuinely want to know



posted on Jul, 16 2008 @ 10:56 PM
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Something that is going on with my school in Pasadena is that it used to be a really hard school to get into, where most people failed on their first attempt, and if you did get in the first time, you were pretty damn talented and had a promising portfolio.

In recent years, they have started letting in anybody and everybody which has resulted in packed classrooms (instead of the intimate teacher/student relationship they promised), a shortage of supplies and space and equipment, a serious, crippling hit to the quality of the output, angry students, unorganized teachers and faculty, and thus the professional world doesn't hold the school in as high of esteem as before.

Do you think this could be a time where they are trying to make money over having quality education, and thus they let anybody in and just drop them when their skills and education are truly tested? Only after they get their money is when they let them go. Pretty f***** up. At my school this is the case. People who shouldn't even make it into the school get 4 terms in before they are told they cannot go on. That is... about 60-70 grand that they now owe with nothing to show for it.

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posted on Jul, 16 2008 @ 11:14 PM
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Lets be real here, deep down everyone knows there are 2 chief problems in CA:

1. A large number of illegal aliens and other assorted minorities who couldn't possibly care any less about education.

and...

2. CA is basically a quasi-socialist paradise. When retards know they can live off the taxpayer dime, why bother putting forth any effort at all?



posted on Jul, 16 2008 @ 11:31 PM
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Sad news, thanks for sharing it. There is no shortage of blame to go around and as always I have to start with blaming the govt for allowing it to happen. I don't see the point in blaming immigrants for it either, congress has no intention of solving that issue. They just like to talk and talk and talk about it. The U.S, Mexico and Canada are merging whether we like it or not. Not trying to change the topic, it is related to the thread. If there was any type of nationalistic pride, all Americans would strive to better than every other country in the world in every category. I suppose this may be seen as a fascist statement and I'm ok with that. There is no such thing as a perfect form of govt for the U.S., we need to mix it up a little and add parts of this and parts of that. If you think we live in a democracy then that is definately straying from the topic of this thread.

In summary, we need more dumb people on this planet and CA is doing a great job of helping out with the cause.



posted on Jul, 17 2008 @ 12:51 AM
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When my son was in first grade 21 years ago, the drop out rate was 30%. At Back to School Night, his teacher told us that students were required to have a folder to bring homework from school to home and back. For students whose parents did not provide them with a folder, she had them make a folder in class. Still, 10 of the 30 students in the class could not get homework back to school from home. Then it hit me...there were the 30% drop outs!

The drop out age about 30 years ago was 16, now it is 18. With the increased emphasis on testing and retention, it is now possible to have students 16 years old as first year high schoolers. I can only see the drop out rate worsening, as students reach their third year already 18, an adult, and what 19 year old wants to still be in high school?

Want to know which students will probably drop out? Start looking at first graders, or before...



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