According to a recent study, most dropouts say they stopped going to school because they were bored and unmotivated—not because they were failing academically.
The report’s authors argue that the responses suggest a need for changes in education to decrease the dropout rate, namely, more engaging class material and an “early-warning system” to identify and assist likely dropouts by monitoring attendance records. But others point out that these responses may mask other problems, such as students’ lack of reading comprehension or personal pride leading them to downplay academic failure.
What’s your view? Why do kids dropout of school? What can school and teachers to do help at-risk students before they quit.
A version of this news article first appeared in the Teacher Talkback blog.