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Rumberger, Russell W
Dropping out : why students drop out of high school and what can be done about it / Russell W. Rumberger
Alternate Title Why students drop out of high school and what can be done about it
Cambridge, Mass. : Harvard University Press, 2011
book jacket
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 4th Floor  LC146.6 .R86 2011    AVAILABLE
Subject(s) High school dropouts -- United States
High school dropouts -- United States -- Prevention
Physical Description xii, 380 p. : ill. ; 25 cm
Note Includes bibliographical references (p. 279-370) and index
Contents 1. Introduction -- 2. The varying requirements and pathways for completing high school : The conflicting goals of high school ; The requirements for completing high school ; Alternative pathways to high school completion -- 3. The nature and extent of the dropout crisis : What does it mean to drop out of school? ; The debate over dropout and graduation rates ; Measuring dropout and graduation rates ; The vast differences in dropout and graduation rates -- 4. The individual consequences of dropping out : Labor market outcomes ; Crime ; Family formation ; Health ; Civic engagement ; Well-being ; Intergenerational mobility -- 5. The social consequences of dropping out : Consequences for the economy ; Consequences for the larger society ; Total economic losses from dropouts -- 6. Understanding why students drop out : The process of dropping out ; The reasons students report for dropping out -- 7. Predictors of dropping out : Individual predictors of dropping out ; Institutional predictors of dropping out ; Explaining racial and ethnic differences in dropout rates -- 8. Learning from past efforts to solve the dropout crisis : Alternative approaches to improving dropout and graduation rates ; What works? ; What have we learned from large-scale reform efforts? -- 9. What should be done to solve the dropout crisis : Current efforts ; Moving beyond current efforts
Summary The vast majority of kids in the developed world finish high school - but not in the United States. More than a million kids drop out every year, around 7,000 a day, and the numbers are rising. "Dropping Out" offers a comprehensive overview by one of the country's leading experts, and provides answers to fundamental questions: Who drops out, and why? What happens to them when they do? How can we prevent at-risk kids from short-circuiting their futures? Students start disengaging long before they get to high school, and the consequences are severe - not just for individuals but for the larger society and economy. Dropouts never catch up with high school graduates on any measure. They are less likely to find work at all, and more likely to live in poverty, commit crimes, and suffer health problems. Even life expectancy for dropouts is shorter by seven years than for those who earn a diploma

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