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Racial Inequality: High School Dropout Rates

  • By: John Mark Froiland & Rachael Leavitt
  • In: Sociology of Education: An A-to-Z Guide
  • Edited by: James Ainsworth
  • Subject:Sociology of Education (general), Sociology of Education, Education Policy

Education is essential for competitiveness in the national and global job market and a high school diploma is a crucial step toward attending college and establishing a rewarding career. Nevertheless, too many students leave high school before graduating. Students may conclude that entering the workforce sooner, or staying home to help with a family, would be more beneficial than persisting until graduation. Others grow weary of experiencing repeated failure at school or do not feel welcome there. A constellation of factors contribute to higher rates of dropout among Latino and African American youth.

Importance of High School Completion

High school completion is a key educational outcome for school districts to report on, but it is also a vital life outcome for individuals and society. Adults with a ...

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