April 2nd, 2008
09:55 PM ET

Dropping Out

I'm not going to be one of the countless people who tell you to stay in school, no matter what.  You've heard all that before.  But I couldn't believe the statistics that said graduation rates were less than 50 percent in some major U.S. cities.  There must be dozens of reasons why people quit, and we're not criticizing them; it's not our place to do that.  But if you're thinking about dropping out, and if Thursday's info on salary differences didn't sway you either way, consider one more thing:  Talk to someone who did drop out more than five years ago.  See what he/she says about it, and factor that in.

Carl Azuz, Anchor

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soundoff (16 Responses)
  1. Garrett

    I don`t think that is right. I would like to stay in school to learn. why would you drop out of school?

    April 3, 2008 at 5:25 pm | Reply
  2. Jess

    ok to begin with high school isnt really that hard: all you have to do is show up and at least make a small effort.... I think that lack is in modivation. If parents arent activly involved with their child's life to the child there is not motivation and nothing to strive for. All kids (secretly) want to be noticed by their parents and want their approval... I parents would be active in their kids lives this wouldnt be such a big problem.

    April 4, 2008 at 3:24 pm | Reply
  3. :)

    I won't think of dropping out.I don't have the nerve to do so.

    April 4, 2008 at 9:18 pm | Reply
  4. zach

    School is one of the most inportant things in life. If you dont go you wont have a lot of mony(or none at all)so you shold not drop out.

    April 4, 2008 at 11:25 pm | Reply
  5. Matthew

    I was a high school drop out. My reason was school was negative and so was my environment. There were signs of success, but I didn't see it in my people being black. One of the reasons I felt hopeless and inferior was my condition being black and the education that was not at all any help or uplift to that. I soon got a GED and then an associate degree. But still I am only happily greeted to the lowlyest of jobs. Currently working on my bachelors as well, but have found no need in this education being obtained due to social inequality in America. Blacks are not meant or prepared for the best of education, only that which prepares us for secondary work. Title or rank doesn't mean anything I've learned the hard way. The practice in America says if your black you'll always by non black figures be looked upon as less than. So I've turned to Jesus as most blacks do or should. Because standing up brings contention and unbelief from the ones who bring us down.

    April 5, 2008 at 10:10 pm | Reply
  6. Marisa

    I think that dropping out of school is a waste when you stay in school you know more and that gives you a sense of acclomplishment and you feel that you can do something great with your life.

    April 6, 2008 at 1:27 pm | Reply
  7. Frank

    I think I know why the dropout rate is high. Students attend school to learn. But in order to learn, students must also be entertained. So instructors need to be recycled into the educational system routinely to keep the delivery, as well as the content fresh.

    But the school administrations are too overwhelmed to recognize qualified and interested teaching talent. I should know. I'm leaving a teaching appointment at the US Miltary Academy at West Point and I'm a certified secondary school teacher in NJ. Yet the application process in NJ is so cumbersome it makes me want to do landscape gardening instead!

    April 6, 2008 at 1:40 pm | Reply
  8. Crystal

    I think that if someone wants to drop out it would be their choice. I personally do not find that dropping out of school would be worth it. I believe that there are different circumstances for different people and some people have the choice and others don't. I think that in this day and age though, it would be harder to aquire a job without a high school diploma.

    April 7, 2008 at 12:37 pm | Reply
  9. frootie

    some people in the u.s drop-out from peer pressure .but some actually like school and will do anything to stay in it. well i want to stay in school and love it.

    April 8, 2008 at 2:58 pm | Reply
  10. Sparky

    all kids should stay in school. there is always going to be kids that will want to drop out, but why not go to school while you get a free education and then if you hate school so much, why don't you not go to college. at least you would have high school degree and you would get a better salary than people that dropped out of high school. it may not be as much of a salary as some people who would go on to college, but still it's money. what's the point in dropping out in the first place???

    April 8, 2008 at 8:23 pm | Reply
  11. Texas 5th Graders

    "Why would you drop out of school? You would be giving up all your opportunites."

    "That is ridiculous, don't you want to go somewhere in life?"

    "To do something good with your life, you have to stay in school to do it."

    "Dropping out of school is one of the dumbest things a person can do."

    "If you drop out of school we don't even want to know you, we don't appreciate people who don't care."

    April 9, 2008 at 9:38 am | Reply
  12. Stephen

    seriously half the world may not have the chance to go to high school or college, I hate school but take the free education, it will benefit you in the long run. Also it wastes taxpayers money.

    April 9, 2008 at 6:16 pm | Reply
  13. thatcavalierfan

    dude, i think dropping out of school is, like, the absolute worst thing you can do! you'r totally ruining your future career. your academic succes DOES matter, its what you are doing with your first 20 years of life! dropping out is just a sign of unhealthiness, socially, mentally, and educationally. to give up is stupid, just ask for help if you don't understand something, its not the end of the world people! giving up never solved anything, it only created more problems. DON'T DO IT!!!

    April 9, 2008 at 11:43 pm | Reply
  14. Nathan

    I think if you drop out of school you should have a plan. At least get your GED and some sort of job. All the teachers try to tell you that "if you screw up here, you will be destroying every hope you have for a future. You will be working in a dead end job and your spouse will never respect you because you'll be another piece of pond scum underneath America's collosal heel."
    It's really not that bad. I have known many people who have dropped out and are currently doing just fine. Everyone tries to make it sound worse than it really is because they love their jobs which is to control you with fear.

    May 6, 2008 at 11:09 am | Reply
  15. sdavis11

    yeah my sister never graduated from high school because she got pregnant. she regrets never graduating and she says it hard to find a job! but now shes going back online and she told me it is all worth the hard work!

    June 3, 2008 at 12:48 pm | Reply
  16. Anonymous

    Okay, I'll be ANOTHER countless person telling you this:


    (why do you think it's a losing battle against India and China, huh?)

    June 9, 2008 at 9:09 am | Reply

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