For calendar year 2009-2010, the drop-out rate for one Kanawha County high school was over 23 percent. This is an abysmal reflection on the failure of our educational system to serve not just our children, but our communities.
When our children drop out of school, they are more likely to become attracted to drugs and criminal activities to survive. Many end up on public assistance to support themselves and their children. This becomes a disincentive to businesses looking for high quality of life communities around potential relocation or expansion sites.
Obviously, the significant amount of money we spend on education isn’t resolving the problems. It is time to stop doing what we have been doing for years and look at better ways to encourage students to stay in school.