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Lifelong Learning Project - School Inclusion - Preventing Early School Leaving

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TITLE OF THE PUBLICATION:

Dropouts - How three districts are solving education's biggest problem

SURNAME AND NAME OF AUTHOR(S):

Pamela Derringer

PUBLISHER:

Scholastic [email protected]

PLACE AND DATE OF PUBLICATION:

2012

TYPE OF PUBLICATION:

Web magazine article

LANGUAGE/S OF PUBLICATION:

English

LANGUAGE OF REVIEW:

English

DESCRIPTION OF CONTENTS:

The article is about the early school leaving problem and it focuses only on the specific cases of three American districts (Chicago, Darlington County and Pharr-San Juan-Alamo) that managed to decrease the rate of dropouts. Each one has a specific background and its own social and economic structure, but, even if through different strategies, they did their best in order to raise the general level of children’s education. As an introduction, the author presents this issue in general terms, providing a figure with numbers that have to be considered in depth to solve the problem of early school leaving. Then she concentrates on the programs implemented in each districts; all of them brought to positive results. Chicago invented a citywide program, called Youth Connection Charter (YCCS), whose goal is to recruit and “save” students at-risk of dropping out or the ones who have already abandoned school. The peculiar attention YCCS paid to the needs of these students, the skill mastery plan and the small class sizes appeal to the children, so that they rediscover their interest for studying. The Darlington County’s strategy was made up of rewards and penalties according to the attendance of students. Lamar High School, has impressively increased the number of graduating students, also providing individual and family support for students. In in the Pharr-San Juan-Alamo (Texas) the idea was to go and visit the dropped out students at home to re-enroll them to school. Then a second project came out: to offer these students not only a high school diploma, but a toehold in college. Results were surprising in terms of higher rates of diplomas and lower rates of dropouts.

COMMENTS ON THIS PUBLICATION:

The author of the article addresses the theme of early school leaving in very specific terms: she analyzes the concrete strategies applied in three different local systems in order to demonstrate the beneficial effects that each of them brought to reduce the dropping out problem. It was interesting to see how things are seen on the other side of the Atlantic: here, we discover that the situation is often dramatic. The United States of America have one of the highest rates of children leaving school too early. At the same time, the author encourages the readers that a way out from this problem can be found in the implementation of plans, with which to try to cajole the students. She shows the reader that several paths can be followed, each one based on the same purpose: re-enroll students by offering them support, incentives, hopes for a better future and self-confidence. This article can be interpreted as a real and concrete example that every society could follow in order to raise the general level of students’ education. All the three strategies implemented in the American districts reached good results and were thought to sustain children and the future of the society itself.

NAME OF COMPILER:

Sara Ciabattini

NAME OF INSTITUTION:

Pixel Association

ROLE:

Project Assistant



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