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Dropouts 101 | Greg Hickman, Ph.D. and Randy Heinrich, D.M.

High School Dropouts?

Yes, children do drop out of school in Kindergarten. Even more alarming is that this developmental outcome has remained elusive to parents, educators, administrators, community stakeholders, and governmental officials for over a century. Why? Because drooping out of school is not conceptualized or considered an issue that originates, develops, persists, and comes to a close at the elementary level of education. Rather, we conceptualize high school dropout phenomena as an issue that originates, develops, and comes to an end at the high school or secondary level of education. Indeed, don’t we call them “high school dropouts?” Yet, our study clearly demonstrates that high school dropouts should be considered near the forefront of our nations educational agenda during the elementary level of education. Long before a child enters high school.

Question: Knowing the aforementioned why do educators, special interest groups, community stakeholders, and policy makers continue to focus their efforts at the secondary level of education? What can we do to change this fallacious way of thinking?

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To start the conversation, I wonder? Could a “dropout” be a “push-out” (a student the school staff pushes out) or “early school leaver”? While using the word dropout is common across our society for describing youth who don’t graduate from school, the word suggests the fault lies solely with the student. Could there be additional factors at play, like what goes on at home, school, and community? We address these and a host of other issues in our book.

Perhaps blaming the student misses the point of finding remedy. Do we often just blame youth for behavior instead of trying to find ways to be personally accountable for being helpful?

In any case, we’re pleased you are here. Please look around and let us know what you make of our effort.