Reasons for High School Dropouts

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Dropping out of high school is an issue faced by many teens today. It results from many causes. The main cause is the lack of enjoyment in school classes. What brings this on is the way the common high school subjects are taught. It is not reasonable to think that you will learn something that you hate, and have no interest in, but if you have the right teacher, you might find the topic interesting. There is not enough attention put on the happiness of the kids, and that is they hate school.

A typical view of this problem attributes cause to a lack of involvement in extra-curricular activities, parents not being forceful in demanding that their children commit to staying in school, and the lack of effort by the students in their studies.

Why is it that this is the common view point toward high school drop outs? I believe it is because this what they are taught, and the actual view within themselves is not even known or sought.

Mostly this view reflects what the parents and teachers want to think since they do not really look with awareness at the school situation in its truth and in most cases they can't think of how to really change the school environment.

Because the constant pressure to excel in school many teenagers get discouraged, which can lead to a negative downward spiral in life in general. If parents, teachers and administrators and even your "friends" are constantly telling you you must be perfect or you will have no future, it scares students and makes them want to avoid school.

Despite all the pressure and hatred directed toward high school, nevertheless it is socially undesirable to drop out because there are very obvious and concrete consequences...