You don't say!
Most Highschool drop-outs from the States apparently regret the decision to drop out, calling it "a mistake". No, really. Most students who drop out of high school in the United States admit they made a mistake by quitting and some say they might have stayed if classes were more challenging, according to a report released on Thursday.
Researchers said they were surprised to find that a majority of the 467 dropouts they interviewed were not what most people would consider underachieving troublemakers and losers.
One-third said they were failing in school, but more than six out of 10 were maintaining C averages or better when they quit. Almost half said they were bored or that the classwork seemed irrelevant.
"The teacher just stood in front of the room and just talked and didn't really like involve you," a young female respondent from Baltimore said.
"There wasn't anybody to keep me there," said a young man from Philadelphia who dreamed of going to college but quit high school with one year to go and is now unemployed.
"There wasn't any learning going on," another complained. "They make you take classes in school that you're never going to use in life."
Three out of four said if they could turn back the clock they would choose to stay, and eight out of 10 said they now recognized that a high school diploma was important to succeed in life.
Ok, people who drop out of the american Highschool system for being too hard, always pissed me off beyond belief, espcially that those people don't know what too hard is. You want a highschool system that was hard? Try the French highschool system, or getting the IGCSE or the Abitur, or hell, even the egyptian General Secondary Education certificate. Now those are hard, the american highschool diploma is anything but. The math I used to learn in 7th grade in my german school in Austria was the same math i was taught in 11th grade in the american Highschool I went to. Picture that for a minute.
I do get the part where they say it was unchallenging though. It was. And maybe, strangely enough, the key to keep those kids in Highschool is to make it harder.