Childhood poverty has increased to its highest point in 20 years (Holland, 2014) and become a major concern and issue in the United States. Since 2007-2009 poverty has increased 2.3 percentage points for white children and 6.4 percentage points for Hispanics (Lopez, & Velasco, 2011). The Children’s defense fund states that 1in5 children in America are poor. This increase is putting millions of children at an increased risk of injury or death (Holland, 2014). The U.S. has been fighting the war on poverty for over fifty years and there has not been much progress.
The two largest minority groups that are affected by dropout rates are African Americans and Hispanics. “The most recent national data are the event dropout rates between October 1998 and October 1999 for students in grades 10-12. As shown below, 5% of all students dropped out of high school; out of these, nearly 8% of Hispanic students dropped out, and more than 6% of African American students dropped out, as compared to only 4% of white students” (Blue 1). SCHOOL FACTORS A student’s educational performance can affects his or her decision in... ... middle of paper ... ...ve the attention needed from parents to attend school. If there is no support coming from the family, students will take upon the impression that school is of no importance.
I hope to learn and expand my wisdom surrounding the aspect of education, through research, assignments and field experience. I plan to mold minds and encourage students, to better influence and instill within them that they are unique and special. During my career, students will be nurtured and supported, to grow and be the best possible adults that they can be. As an educator it is my responsibility to inspirit them when they are down. During my current education field experience, held at Stanaford Elementary School .
Whereas regional data acknowledged incompletion of schooling has been as high as forty five percent (Marginson, n.d). Milman (2013) alluded to the fact that nationally the likelihood of disadvantaged children completing school is reported as twenty percent less likely than that of wealthy children. Reasons for early drop out varies between students, some drop out due to personal life influences, such as finance problems, pregnancy or other family related issues. But for many drop outs, it is a direct response to educational disparities. Many become irritated with education they see as being irrelevant to their lifestyle.
The Impact of Teen Pregnancy on the American People Although the rate of teenage pregnancy in the United States has been on an overall decline, it remains the highest in the entire world. Teenage pregnancy is obviously still a problem in today's American society with roughly 97 per 1000 women aged 15-19, which rounds up to be roughly one million teenagers, becoming pregnant each year. Interestingly enough, 78% of these pregnancies are unintended. The births of these children are not only a problem for the parents and the families of the babies, but it is a huge problem and burden upon American Taxpayers. Taxpayers pay roughly 16.5 billion dollars every year to welfare and Medicaid programs to aid these young parents who are almost always incapable of taking full financial responsibility for the child.
Children raised by a single parent are twice as likely to drop out as those raised by two parents. Also, black and Hispanic children, children with poorly educated mothers, students with poor health and nutrition, and students in a poorly funded school are more likely to drop out of school (Natriello 2002). Although some of these factors are interrelated, they increase the number of at risk students in the United States. Along with these environmental risk factors for failure are situational factors. Students who have to change schools frequently have higher failure rates than those who stay in one school (Natriello 2002).
Also Children living in poverty have a higher number of absenteeism or leave school all together because they are more likely to have to work or care for family members. In addition, Dropout rates of 16 to 24-years-old students who come from low income families are seven times higher than those from families with higher incomes. Also Less than 30% of students in the bottom quarter of incomes enroll in a 4-year school. Among those less than 50% graduate from college(Dosomething). The lack of education and training for well-paying jobs inhabits these people from ever escaping the cycle of poverty.
They are in debt because of the rising price of college tuition and the student loans they took out to be able to afford attending in the first place. Rising tuition and student debt are gigantic problems, and they are ruining the American dream for millions of students across the world. Student Loan Debt is a massive problem in this country, and it is something that needs to be figured out. Nearly 40% of Graduates under the age of 25 have student debt. That number has climbed 26% since 2004.
The dropout rates of young African Americans, Hispanics and other ethnic minorities are more than double the rate of whites (Petit P. 2). According to Achil Petit, recipient of the Master of Science Degree in Education Administration and Ed.D. Program in Executive Leadership, one in four of those dropouts are incarcerated every day in America (P. 1). There are many reasons behind the struggles minorities face in the education system. Yet, no issues weigh as heavily on minorities in America as race.
Don’t Drop Out of High School Across the nation, 8.1 percent of students drop out of high school every year (Education Week). Studies have shown that not graduating from high school leads to more bad choices in one’s future. After one drops out of high school, it hurts their future occupation, their chances of getting in trouble with the law increases, and it hurts our country’s image. While you’re growing up as a child and as an adolescent, you have dream after dream for your future. As you age through life and school, your dreams seem to become harder to reach.