May 19, 2009

Dropout Factories - NYT

As absolutely boring as it sounds, I try to read many, many editorials from various sources - The Wall Street Journal (right), The New York Times (left), Bloomberg (right), USA Today (left), etc. Most usually cover business, the economy, politics, etc., but I am always interested in the various views on education as well (down on the right hand side of blog, you will notice a feed of education related stories from USA Today).

Anyway, I came across the editorial below in The New York Times, and I wanted to share it with my readers. There is a short quote that I have included below, but please click the link to read the entire article (it is pretty short actually).

Dropout Factories - The New York Times - "According to Robert Balfanz, of Johns Hopkins University’s Everyone Graduates Center, just 12 percent of the nation’s 20,000 high schools account for half of the country’s dropouts and almost three-quarters of its minority dropouts. By focusing on these high schools — and the lower schools that feed them — the country stands a good chance of keeping in school millions of students who would otherwise drop out."

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