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Welcome to Dropouts101 | Dropouts 101

Welcome to Dropouts101

Welcome to our website! We do hope you find value in some of our offerings as we seek to find ways to help youth who face barriers succeed in school!

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.



  1. Dr. H,

    I agree with Randy. I think a lot of our children are being “pushed out.” I had a 7 yr. old girl I started mentoring at the end of last year while she was in first grade. I quickly discovered in working with her that she could not read. However, they passed her to second grade, and now this year she still has made no progress in reading, and although it has been requested, no IEP has been done as of yet. As much as I tried to tutor her, I could not help her; I believe she has a learning disability. My fear is that is that she will get passed on to third grade still without and IEP, and still unable to read. She is becoming more and more stubborn in her efforts to learn, I can only imagine how much she will have checked out emotionally by middle school, let alone high school. It really angers me that there has been no efforts by anyone; including the mother, to intervene on her behalf.


  2. Thanks, Cassandra, for your post…

    Youth who struggle with reading are particularly at risk for school failure as so much of what goes on in schools evolve around books, particularly as the child moves to higher grade levels.

    Federal special education law is pretty clear that anyone who knows of some youth with potential learning disabilities can make referrals. The process for acquiring an IEP is dependent on student qualification and should unfold at a quick clip, as the kind of circumstance you are describing should be avoided.

    I thank you for your service to youth via tutoring! I think we need not only the reading and other basic literacy skills as a foundation, but wonderful relations between youth and adult-mentors.

    Again, thanks for your post and thoughts, though I hope circumstance turns toward the better for this young lady!


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