Dropping Out of High School
Having a high school diploma is considered a necessity if you expect to go to college or get a job. But, because so many people have been able to get by without having a diploma, more students feel like there is no reason to keep going to school every day. Of course, there are other reasons why students drop out such as avoiding peer pressure, learning difficulties, violence, and simply not wanting to go to school when they feel it is pointless. While there are programs designed to encourage students to stay in school, there still may be lack of understanding as to why students drop out in the first place.
High school students nowadays face more issues that affect self-esteem, self-image, and how others perceive you. Some students engage in activities they started doing outside of school grounds that lead to them dropping out such as drugs, gangs, sexual activity, and even personal problems at home. Then, you have a few select students that may have talent in which they can earn good money and work on getting their GED later. These are students that may be working toward a dream of being an entertainer of some sort.
There are students who drop out because they feel it is in their best interest. They may have a child to care for or a pregnancy they do not want others to know about. They may have taken on another lifestyle they feel does not have time for high school. In many cases, students are feeling somewhat discouraged to stay in school because they feel it is not necessary. Others feel they are content being able to earn a few bucks an hour working at a local store or business. There are students have a hard time trying to visual the bigger picture about why it is important to stay in high school.
While students are encouraged to stay in school, dropping out is not the end of the world. There are successful people that have gone back to school to earn their diploma. There are online classes available that make it easier for students to earn their diploma. Others feel students are still gambling their future when they do not take the time to get their education. A large number of students are too consumed with making money, getting material things, and trying to be like a celebrity. They may feel high school is not a big deal or it will not help them get to where they want to be.