Dropping Out: Why Students Drop Out of High School and What Can Be Done About Itby Russell W. Rumberger
The vast majority of kids in the developed world finish high schoolbut not in the United States. More than a million kids drop out every year, around 7,000 a day, and the numbers are rising. Dropping Out offers a comprehensive overview by one of the country’s leading experts, and provides answers to fundamental questions: Who drops out, and/i>
The vast majority of kids in the developed world finish high schoolbut not in the United States. More than a million kids drop out every year, around 7,000 a day, and the numbers are rising. Dropping Out offers a comprehensive overview by one of the country’s leading experts, and provides answers to fundamental questions: Who drops out, and why? What happens to them when they do? How can we prevent at-risk kids from short-circuiting their futures?
Students start disengaging long before they get to high school, and the consequences are severenot just for individuals but for the larger society and economy. Dropouts never catch up with high school graduates on any measure. They are less likely to find work at all, and more likely to live in poverty, commit crimes, and suffer health problems. Even life expectancy for dropouts is shorter by seven years than for those who earn a diploma.
Rumberger advocates targeting the most vulnerable students as far back as the early elementary grades. And he levels sharp criticism at the conventional definition of success as readiness for college. He argues that high schools must offer all students what they need to succeed in the workplace and independent adult life. A more flexible and practical definition of achievementone in which a high school education does not simply qualify you for more schoolcan make school make sense to young people. And maybe keep them there.
[A] sobering look at one aspect of many crises facing U.S. schools. Drawing on both education policy and economics, [Rumberger] explores the cost of this crisis to the dropouts and American society in terms of higher unemployment, lower wages, and less of a contribution to the tax base.
The most complete examination of the dropout issue I have ever seen [is] Russell W. Rumberger's Dropping Out: Why Students Drop Out of High School and What Can Be Done About It...Rumberger examines every complex nuance, summarizes every important research paper and demolishes every Internet myth. His book is a masterpiece, something education wonks will keep close by...We can't make any improvements, however, without knowing what hasn't helped dropouts, and why. On those vital questions, this book will be the best resource for years to come.
[Dropping Out] is not only definitive, but positively masterful in its treatment of a vitally important subject...Russell Rumberger's prescriptions, if heeded, would be truly revolutionary. This fact alone should make this volume required reading for any serious student of school reform. His treatment is exhaustive, his writing style energizing, his message urgent and his analysis powerful. I recommend it highly.
A. Graham Down
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Meet the Author
Russell W. Rumberger is Vice Provost for Educational Partnerships at the University of California Office of the President and Professor of Education at the University of California, Santa Barbara.
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