Over 1.2 million high school students are making the choice to abandon the opportunity to succeed in life by dropping out of school.

High school dropouts will leave huge scars on their psychological and social life by deciding to drop out. To prevent students damaging their future, it’s essential for high school drop out rates to decrease.

Having a high school diploma is essential for starting getting a job and starting a career. The unemployment rate for high school dropouts is 54% while the unemployment rate for people with a high school diploma is only 32%. Having a high school diploma decreases the chances of unemployment by approximately 22%. The fear of not knowing where their next paycheck will come from has the power to take over someone’s whole life.

Students that don’t graduate high school are 3.5x more likely to be arrested than a student that completes high school. About 67% of state prison inmates are high school dropouts, Most students who didn’t complete high school tend to head down an unfortunate path in life. Not having a diploma and ending up in prison is a long path that is tremendously difficult to come back from.

In recent years high school dropout rates have significantly decreased. In 2000 the student dropout rate was up to 10.6% but in 2015 it decreased to 5.9%. Although student dropout rates have decreased, crimes committed by unemployed dropouts continue to occur. There are still millions of students deciding to alter the rest of their lives based on struggles that could be overcome with the right amount of help.

Students debating dropping out are in need of individualized attention from their families and teachers. Teachers need to work individually with struggling students to understand and successfully learn the concepts being taught in school. The student’s family need to help the student work through their personal issues affecting their choice between living life successfully or living a life of uncertainty.

Written by Ariane West