I have believed for some time that dropouts, the 30 percent of students who leave high school before graduation, are the least soluble problem in U.S. education.
Rumberger has evidenced-based answers on how to approach the issue. He makes the point that progress will be difficult.
|Russell W. Rumberger|
5. Strengthen families and communities. Compared with other developed countries, the United States has one of the highest rates of children living in poverty. Those are the kids most susceptible to dropping out. Anything that improves the health and job security of school neighborhoods improves graduation rates. More early children education programs and preschool are also useful.
The drop out rate in US high schools is worrisome. Dr. Rumberger's book deserves to be read and studied by teachers and administrators. This is a book whose ideas call out for implementation within our public schools.