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Lifelong Learning Project - School Inclusion - Preventing Early School Leaving

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Reframing School Dropout as a Public Health Issue


Nicholas Freudenberg, Jessica Ruglis


US National Library of Medicine


Published online 2007 September 15


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The present article, published in the US National Library of Medicine, demonstrates that a good education and a good health are closely linked in an individual’s life. The more educated a person is, the better he will feel in terms of physical and psychological health. The authors suggest, therefore, considering the scholastic drop out as a matter of public health, although it rarely appears to be connected with this topic. The article strongly stresses the negative consequences of a bad education not only with reference to the work opportunities but also in terms of single health. Then it focuses on the data collected in the American area: these are extremely dramatic, because of the high percentage of early leavers among people with low income and socioeconomic difficulties. The authors precisely explains which are the benefits deriving from a better education: a higher education often leads to a better job, this means that people earn more and spend more money in healthier food and have a healthier lifestyle. Obviously these benefits vary on the basis of age, sex and ethnicity and new negative trends are now changing the situation, but the general conclusion is that people will enjoy a wealthy life if they are well educated. The article ends with some recommendation suggested by the authors; all of them convey with the fact that public health professionals should make improvements in the school completion rates as a health priority.


The present article introduces an interesting correlation between education and health: the more schooling people have the better their health is likely to be. This link is often underestimated by national and international authorities charged with supervising on the public healthcare. A bad education can affect one’s life in several pathways and the effort that the authors suggest to make is to avoid these negative consequences. The examples provided are easy to understand, but what appears to be a banality is, in reality, often unknown. The authors’ recommendations can be seen as a useful stimulus not only for the public health professionals but also for common people. These ones have to understand how fine they would be if they do not stop their scholastic career too early. The list of benefits achieved through a higher education is of great impact on the readers’ mind. The authors point out the American current situation regarding the problem of early school leaving, but these data can be extended to other national contexts, so that the proposals for a reframing of scholastic dropouts can be implemented also in there. What emerges from the present analysis is the urgency with which this problem have to be solved, but at the same time the importance of considering new perspectives of intervention.


Sara Ciabattini


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15 November 2012

Stay@School at the Future of Education Conference

The Stay@School projet will be presented at the third edition of the “Future of Education” international conference, held in Florence, Italy, on 13 - 14 June 2013. Over 250 participants from all over the world will attend the conference. The conference participants belong to the sectors of higher education, school education, vocational education and training as well as adult education, therefore representing all of the target groups of the Stay@School project.

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