“Underlying my assertion is that we want to try to make every kid successful in something. [We] define success narrowly by saying how well can you do on an AP test, or a math test… But if we say, everyone should have something that they can master, and demonstrate mastery of, then there’s this notion that students will develop a sense of competence.”—
“For girls from more disadvantaged areas and under-resourced schools, they do have less access to role models. They haven’t met an engineer. They haven’t met somebody in computer programming who could say what great jobs there are in these fields.”—
Tonight on the NewsHour, we examine why girls aren’t expected to perform as well in science, technology, engineering and math (or STEMs). Spencer Michels reports from Oakland, CA where Techbridge engages girls in afters school science activities — while keeping them on track for graduation.
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"The facts are startlingly clear: there is an enormous challenge facing a very large population that has been failed by our education system."
NewsHour correspondent Hari Sreenivasan reported on the dropout crisis in Detroit, MI, where 4 out of 10 students don’t graduate. There, he found that despite the resources and research available, it comes down to execution. “Classrooms are at the front lines,” he reflects in his Reporters Notebook. Watch how Detroit schools and teachers are challenging the dropout crisis by engaging their students:
"Even the fast food place that hired him after he dropped out...won't hire anyone these days without a GED or high school diploma."
26 years ago, Kenny Buchanan dropped out of the 9th grade at the age of 18. He had already flunked twice. Today, he has his first steady job in years. NPR profiled Kenny this summer, and recently caught up with him again to see how things are going.
The past few weeks in education news have been buzzing about for-profit schools, online courses and “If I Were a Poor Black Kid.” We Storified some key responses over at the PBS NewsHour (and even found an excuse to reference the Sith Lord himself. Consider it a holiday treat).
The PLC (Performance Learning Center) model provides students with individualized learning and one-on-one attention from teachers, . Having already failed at a traditional high school, many students at PLC are dropping back in — this time, utilizing resources like graduation coaches for a second shot at a diploma.
"They get what they’re going after. They know that it’s hard. Hard enough to have failed at once…it’s very rare that students will re-enroll in a traditional school." — Sara Caraucci, graduation coach
In our first installment of the American Graduate project, Gwen Ifill sat down with actor Denzel Washington to discuss making a difference in the lives of at-risk youth:
Did you know:
+ One million students dropout of high school every year. + One-third of U.S. high school students don’t graduate on time. + Latino and African-American boys are twice as likely to become dropouts. + As a result, dropouts experience higher rates of incarceration, unemployment and poverty.
Stay tuned for more on the challenges, consequences and solutions to the dropout problem. In the meantime, check out what we’re doing over at the NewsHour website, and follow us on Twitter and Facebook.