Number one answer to this huge nationwide issue via my experience is that parents have not been invested in their childs academic needs. It shows up big time around middle school. If the student is not able to find a mentor either in school or out of school they lose motivation and self-esteem usually because they have fallen behind academically at a young age and never had the tools to catch up. Now this doesn't apply to why ALL students drop out of school but in my experience again its the main reason. Students with LD's that drop out are in a whole another paradigm of issues.
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i am an 8th grade student and i do not think the reason youth are dropping out of school is because there not interested in learning...i love to learn but schools now are not very good the teachers are to much into students personal lives and not enough into teaching.
A high percentage of students who drop out of school have an undiagnosed learning difference. When a student is struggling in school and having a difficult time catching up, their self-esteem usually gets affected. It is crucial that at risk students are given the help they need to achieve success. This means that parents, teachers and administrators need to work together to intervene and do everything possible to keep this at risk student in school. Usually focusing on the student's strengths is the best way to go. If this particular student loves sports, music, art, drama, etc. then this is what the focus needs to be on. Many schools will actually punish students for poor grades and TAKE AWAY their extra-curricular activities thinking this will motivate them to do better in school. But instead this causes the student to completely give up and eventually drop out.