The N Y Times reports on a study that our nation’s high school dropout rate directly correlates to the prison population. For those of us who work in the criminal and juvenile systems know this all to well. In fact, one wonders why a study was required.
Of the people that I represent either as counsel or guardian ad litem, most can articulate difficulty reading and writing. Some with great self awareness acknowledge illiteracy. Why do academics waste time on conducting studies of what people doing the work already know? Because academics identify problem, they do not solve them.
I challenge those academics to generate studies on fixing the dropout rate. Real fixes tested on kids. Perhaps look into long term suggestions beginning in pre-K or perhaps education of parents on how to raise children. Please stop telling up what we already know.