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Dropping out 

High school dropout rates are alarmingly high (see cover story, page 14). And honestly, who among us hasn't fantasized about dropping out of school, a job or the everyday routine? But at what cost?
click to enlarge Jeremiah Morse 	 St. Louis, Mo. -  - Manager -  - What is it about high school that makes kids want to drop out? For some kids I think it's too easy; it is too boring. Some others might have too many personal problems at home. Or just don't like the school, the teachers or the other students.  -  - What are some incentives to keep kids in high school? If you drop out you're going to get some kind of a dead-end job. You need a college diploma; high school is pretty much about going to college.  -  - Did you ever consider dropping out?  Yes, because it was boring as hell. -  - What can be done to solve the problem of high dropout rates? Get teachers that actually care. Have more interesting things to learn. If they don't want to learn, let them be. We need janitors.
  • Jeremiah Morse

    St. Louis, Mo.

    Manager

    What is it about high school that makes kids want to drop out? For some kids I think it's too easy; it is too boring. Some others might have too many personal problems at home. Or just don't like the school, the teachers or the other students.

    What are some incentives to keep kids in high school? If you drop out you're going to get some kind of a dead-end job. You need a college diploma; high school is pretty much about going to college.

    Did you ever consider dropping out? Yes, because it was boring as hell.

    What can be done to solve the problem of high dropout rates? Get teachers that actually care. Have more interesting things to learn. If they don't want to learn, let them be. We need janitors.

click to enlarge Jim Kraft 	 Downtown -  - Student -  - What is it about high school that makes kids want to drop out? In many ways a lack of purpose. On the high end, it's the lack of challenge.  -  - What are some incentives to keep kids in high school? To keep kids in high school you've really got to show them what is it for. I mean you can't say to them, if you're not going you end on the street. -  - Did you ever consider dropping out? Yes, it was not challenging enough.  -  - What kept you in? Women.  -  - What can be done to solve the problem of high dropout rates? We need a more caring system with more commitment from the families. I definitely think we have to have better teachers, who better relate to the kids.
  • Jim Kraft

    Downtown

    Student

    What is it about high school that makes kids want to drop out? In many ways a lack of purpose. On the high end, it's the lack of challenge.

    What are some incentives to keep kids in high school? To keep kids in high school you've really got to show them what is it for. I mean you can't say to them, if you're not going you end on the street.

    Did you ever consider dropping out? Yes, it was not challenging enough.

    What kept you in? Women.

    What can be done to solve the problem of high dropout rates? We need a more caring system with more commitment from the families. I definitely think we have to have better teachers, who better relate to the kids.

click to enlarge Alexis Smith 	 Arizona -  - Student -  - What are some incentives to keep kids in high school? School helps so much in life. You can't get a good job if you don't go to school and learn. But you really have to be self-motivated. You can't make someone stay who doesn't want to be in school. -  - Did you ever consider dropping out? I never had the urge to drop out. In my family education is really important. So it never has been an option. I just never thought about it. -  - What can be done to solve the problem of high dropout rates? It's perceived in the media that it isn't important to have a good education. It's a social thing, e.g., when you watch movies like American Pie, the nerd is never cool.
  • Alexis Smith

    Arizona

    Student

    What are some incentives to keep kids in high school? School helps so much in life. You can't get a good job if you don't go to school and learn. But you really have to be self-motivated. You can't make someone stay who doesn't want to be in school.

    Did you ever consider dropping out? I never had the urge to drop out. In my family education is really important. So it never has been an option. I just never thought about it.

    What can be done to solve the problem of high dropout rates? It's perceived in the media that it isn't important to have a good education. It's a social thing, e.g., when you watch movies like American Pie, the nerd is never cool.

click to enlarge Rowan Dunlap 	 Princeton, N.J. -  - Student -  - What are some incentives to keep kids in high school? It really depends on the high school. The kind of atmosphere is really important.  -  - Did you ever consider dropping out? No, I really liked my high school, I had a great group of friends and there were a lot of activities. I liked my classes and most of my teachers. I tried to avoid the ones I didn't like. -  - What can be done to solve the problem of high dropout rates? It's really important to care about students who have a problem in school.
  • Rowan Dunlap

    Princeton, N.J.

    Student

    What are some incentives to keep kids in high school? It really depends on the high school. The kind of atmosphere is really important.

    Did you ever consider dropping out? No, I really liked my high school, I had a great group of friends and there were a lot of activities. I liked my classes and most of my teachers. I tried to avoid the ones I didn't like.

    What can be done to solve the problem of high dropout rates? It's really important to care about students who have a problem in school.

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