News flash : Students who blew it have regrets

Yet another study of the obvious. And it will have NO effect on our high schools or how we deal with young people. Trust me.

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Most students who drop out of high school in the United States admit they made a mistake by quitting and some say they might have stayed if classes were more challenging, according to a report released on Thursday.

Researchers said they were surprised to find that a majority of the 467 dropouts they interviewed were not what most people would consider underachieving troublemakers and losers.

One-third said they were failing in school, but more than six out of 10 were maintaining C averages or better when they quit. Almost half said they were bored or that the classwork seemed irrelevant.

“The teacher just stood in front of the room and just talked and didn’t really like involve you,” a young female respondent from Baltimore said.

“There wasn’t anybody to keep me there,” said a young man from Philadelphia who dreamed of going to college but quit high school with one year to go and is now unemployed.

“There wasn’t any learning going on,” another complained. “They make you take classes in school that you’re never going to use in life.”

Three out of four said if they could turn back the clock they would choose to stay, and eight out of 10 said they now recognized that a high school diploma was important to succeed in life.

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2 Responses to “News flash : Students who blew it have regrets”

  • Oskar:

    Back when I was in high school, we had one word for these people: Losers

    Get thee to a recruiting office, Uncle Sam might be able to use you. Whoops, I forgot, the services now require a high school diploma. Oh well, I guess there’s always the fast food industry!

  • lucasleonardocabangca:

    Regrets usually happens in the end when you forgot to know the value of some things. – Steven C Wyer

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