High school dropout age

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High school dropout age

Postby Joseph Malkevitch » Thu Jan 26, 2012 11:53 am

Dear Colleagues,

In his State of the Union Message President Obama raised the issue of moving towards a nation wide norm for the age students would be expected to attend high school. The NY Times has an article about this issue which gives some data about the history of the having 18 years as the age students should be expected to still stay in high school before they finish or "drop out." In the past many states allowed students to "drop out" at 16 but the trend has been an increase towards 18.

http://www.nytimes.com/2012/01/26/educa ... &seid=auto

(The article is on page A 17, NY Times, Thursday, Jan. 26, 2012.)

There are interesting educational issues here in terms of expectations for teacher success and for student learning.


Joseph Malkevitch
Department of Mathematics
York College (CUNY)
Jamaica, New York 11451



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