Dropping out vs. Poverty Prevention

October 27, 2009
President Barack Obama introduced his plan for U.S. education reform. He talked about how he wants to change the school calendar from 10 to 12 months while maintaining the minimum 180 days of school.

The point of Presidents Obama’s extended school year is so that students that are involved in the public schools can have the education they need to become doctors and engineers. With that education they can have a greater future, once they have that future their families won’t end up being in the same situation they were in before. Mr. Vogt an educator at Roslyn High School had this to say when I asked him what he thinks would happen to the less wealthy “It’ll have a negative affect. They will just have to find away to support their family. Because of the extended school year kids that need to work will in the future not need to worry as much because the will have a better education and from that education they can have a better occupation.”

Young drop outs face many social problems, ranging from finding work to keeping a stable marriage. The students drop out so that they can have a head start in their life, they want to work rather then study because they have families that need all the possible income they can get. But while they chose to work now, when they reach about age 20 they will struggle a lot more with marriage taxes and bills, while working for around 8-10 dollars an hour seems good for a teen, it won’t help to make ends meat for an adult. In 2008 45.7% of high school drop outs employed leaving more then half of them out of work; 31% of blacks where able to find work along with 43% of Asians; 46% of Whites and 57% of Hispanics

Dropping out is a tough choice for teens to make when it comes down to getting a diploma so you may can have a better job in the future, or getting a job right away so that you can avoid Living on the streets, and now that the idea of a full calendar school year has been introduced teens have more to worry about.

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Tej P. said...
Nov. 12, 2009 at 8:18 am
but yea i would comment on my own thing cuz i'm beast like thattttttttt
Tej P. said...
Nov. 12, 2009 at 8:13 am
wow this is really good ur awesome and ur writting enrichment teacher should liek give u a 100
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Nov. 12, 2009 at 8:14 am
only you would comment on your own article Tej
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