|Dropping out of high school has an adverse effect on the rest of a person's life. Find out why it is so important to 'stick it out' and to earn that all-important diploma.
1) Some of the most common reasons for dropping out of school will be discussed.
2) Students will learn that a high school diploma greatly affects a person's earning power.
3) Students will learn some strategies for coping with the problems that may be making them feel as if they cannot continue with their educations.
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"The potential to earn more money, the social connections, and increased self-esteem are the obvious reasons to complete high school and earn a diploma. However, there also are some less apparent reasons such as the fact that most dropouts never receive further education, it is necessary to be a high school graduate to serve in the military, and statistics show a much higher crime rate among dropouts than graduates. As a young adult African American male narrates, scenes show students dealing with problems which contribute to dropping out of school such as pregnancy, family stress, and drug or alcohol use. After reviewing the reasons for staying in school, practical suggestions for dealing with problems are provided and reinforced. The message is obvious - graduating from high school is a necessity."
SOURCE: School Library Journal, January 2001 Issue
AUTHOR: Susan McCaffrey, Haslett High School, MI
Reproduced, with permission from School Library Journal Copyright ©
By Cahners Business Information
A Division of Reed Elsevier Inc.
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