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Every nine seconds in America, a student becomes a dropout. The lifelong impact of dropping out of school is tremendous: dropouts are more likely to rely on public assistance, have poorer health, or become incarcerated than their counterparts who finish high school.
CONTINUE THE CONVERSATION IN YOUR COMMUNITY
To learn more about services and programs in your community that address the Dropout Crisis please contact your 2-1-1 service provider, or contact your local Board of Cooperative Educational Services (BOCES).
You can also contact Erik Jensen, WSKG's Director of Community Engagement, at firstname.lastname@example.org 607-729-0100 x319 if you have questions about the series or if you are interested in continuing the conversation about the Dropout Crisis in your community.
- 11/1/11 - Dropouts by the numbers by the Innovation Trail's Matt Richmond and WSKG Radio's Crystal Sarakas
- 11/8/11 - What is the economic impact of dropping out of high school? by the Innovation Trail's Matt Richmond
- 11/15/11 - Family and cultural pressures can make school difficult by WSKG Radio's Kathleen Harrison Cook
- 11/28/11 - A different kind of school by WSKG Radio's Crystal Sarakas
- 11/29/11 - From GED to PhD by WSKG Radio's Gregory Keeler
In two special episodes of Community Conversation, we took a look at the problem of high school dropouts in our own region and talked about some of the ways to help keep young people in school.
- 11/1/11 - Community Conversation: Dropping Out - Part 1
- 11/15/11 - Community Conversation: Dropping Out - Part 2
11/28/11, 10:00pm - High School Dropouts
The high school dropout rate is rapidly increasing in many cities throughout the U.S. Teachers, counselors, lawmakers and parents are teaming up to reverse this disturbing trend. This program examines how adults in the Sacramento/Stockton area are literally going door-to-door to catch truants, threatening legal action against their parents, and providing second chances to kids who've already dropped out but want to return. We also pay a chilling visit to San Quentin Prison to meet "lifers" who trace their downfall to dropping out, but are now getting GEDs while incarcerated.
11/28/11, 10:30pm - 9 Seconds: A Community Talkback
See a follow-up panel discussion to High School Dropouts with local experts and community members sharing their opinions, perspectives and ideas on the subject. WSKG Radio's Crystal Sarakas hosts.
- 11/28/11 - 9 Seconds: A Community Talkback
11/29/11, 10:00pm - Tavis Smiley Reports: Too Important to Fail
This program looks at the status of black teenage boys and examines what it will take to make certain these at-risk males are not dismissed as throw-away kids. The program focuses on the lives of black teenagers who are achieving against enormous odds. Tavis Smiley profiles schools that are tackling the crippling drop-out rate and are turning things around. The program captures how educators are making a difference for these boys -- what teaching techniques work and how community outreach and mentorship can compensate for the lack of other personal and social resources.
11/30/11, 10:00pm - Original Minds
Five teenagers stigmatized by being in Special Ed. struggle to articulate how their brains work, and discover that they are smarter than they thought. In a one-size-fits-all educational system, kids with learning disabilities suffer from lack of self-esteem. They become alienated and drop out. But the protagonists of ORIGINAL MINDS buck the trend. They work intensively with the filmmaker to tell their own stories. Their narratives reveal the unique approach to learning that each must discern and claim as his or her own if they are to succeed in the world.
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Encourage your chilren and students to join the conversation.
The True Cost of High School Dropouts by Henry M. Levin & Cecilia E. Rouse, NYTimes
Denzel Washington on High School Dropouts, At-Risk Youth by the PBS NewsHour