drop out imageAcross the country, nearly 1 out of every 4 high school students is dropping out, according to boostup.org.

Here are some statistics about dropouts. I was the most surprised by #11. That post mentions a “dropout factory.” You’ll find the definition of that term here, along with other facts about dropping out of school.

Why do you think students drop out of high school?  Here are some interesting reasons, according to the students who are dropping out.

Do you think they should stay in school and graduate?  After all, David Karp, founder of Tumblr, dropped out of high school and recently sold his company to Yahoo for $1.1 billion.  He seems to be doing okay, so what’s the big deal?

Now it’s your turn: If you had a friend who was contemplating dropping out, what could you tell that friend that would possibly persuade him or her to stay in school and get a diploma? Think of two reasons and write out what you could say to your friend. Use one paragraph for each reason.

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