Should Students be allowed to drop out before they reach 18?


Students in High School should not be allowed to drop out of high school because the dropout rates are already high enough at about 12 million a year, or one every 26 seconds. Think about it. The US, that had one of the highest High School Graduation
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1:4 Ratio for employed Dropouts and Employed Students that went to College

"High school dropouts are four times as likely to be unemployed as those who have completed four or more years of college."(ndpc-web) So if you dropout during High School, you'll probably have less of a chance of getting a job then a College Graduate. This would be a negative for more people then themselves, because some of them might be really creative, or athletic, and might have been able to get a career that would have helped a lot of people.
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You make less money

"Graduating from high school will determine how well you live for the next 50 years of your life. High school graduates earn $143 more per week than high school dropouts. College graduates earn $336 more per week than high school graduates ($479 more per week than high school dropouts)"(ndpc-web)
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More Dropouts, More Inmates

"Dropouts comprise a disproportionate percentage of the nation's prison and death row inmates. About 75% of America's State prison inmates, almost 59% of Federal inmates, and 69% of local jail inmates did not complete high school"(ndpc-web)

So by decreasing the amount of dropouts there are, you might also decrease the number of jail inmates there are.

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What do you think?

Should Students be allowed to dropout? While there may be many pros to allowing them to dropout, there are also many cons, such as an increase in prison population, and a decrease in workers and income. So, I want to leave you with a couple of questions. Have my arguments persuaded you to make a change? Do you think that this may actually be a change... for the better?


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