Yesterday I attended the Dropout Prevention Summit at the Tiger Woods Learning Center in Anaheim, an incredible learning center, one that incorporates all the modern technologies in teaching-a cutting-edge model that many schools should aspire to.
Teachers, administrators and parents were feeling very frustrated by the recent budget cuts-especially considering the fact that India is surpassing the United States in graduates by 1 million and China’s graduation rate is double ours. Just saying you care about the education of kids is not enough, it’s time for action.
It was very uplifting to hear so many members of the community-judges, politicians and business owners express passionate thoughts and ideas about turning the tide on the dropout rate.
Of the top five reasons cited by kids for dropping out, number one was boredom, and the second reason was lack of positive role models and mentors. The question of the day was: with a lack of financial resources, how can teachers adopt innovative programs to maintain student’s interest and instill the importance of staying in school for their future?
What are your thoughts on this?