Program To Prevent Dropouts

Reach out to stop dropouts-- that was the goal of a conference Friday in Greenville.

Pitt County Schools, along with WITN's Heather King, and over 100 other groups, came out for a kick-off ceremony to launch a community dropout prevention campaign.

The North Carolina Department of Public Instruction says that over 88,000 students dropped out of high school statewide last year with over 1,800 students dropping out in Pitt County.

The goal of the campaign is to find ways for businesses, faith-based, and civic groups to assist the school system in preventing students from dropping out.

Research shows that high school dropouts earn significantly less money over their lifetimes and are much more likely to commit a crime than students who graduate.


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  • by Coach M Location: Rocky Mt. on Oct 22, 2009 at 12:38 AM
    My kids are held accountable for their actions. I had a teacher tell my daughter that she was being silly when she reacted to recieving a B on her report card. She is a straight A student in excellerated classes and questioned the teacher. It was discovered the teacher had figured the grade incorrectly. I could not believe the teachers reaction. And GBHB: I'm tired of sending my kids to school for 6 hours a day just to see them with 2 hours of homework. If I wanted to home school them, I would. and if the teachers can't teach due to the behavior in schools, expell the one's causing the problems for the rest..
  • by MARIE Location: WASHINGTON on Aug 12, 2009 at 08:40 AM
    THEY JUST PASS THE KIDS ON TO THE NEXT GRADE. DONT CARE IF THEY CAN READ,WRITE OR DO MATH.I KNOW WHAT IM TALKING ABOUT MY SON GOES THERE.JUST TO GET THEM OUT OF THEIR HAIR.ITS A SHAME.......THAT WHY THEY DROP OUT.
  • by Cactus Location: Strabane on Aug 8, 2009 at 05:15 PM
    Time to form trade schools> Not every child can be a brain surgeon, but they can be taught a trade. Students can learn to be an electrician, plumber, framer, pour concrete, lay bricks. Students should spend 1/2 day in school and 1/2 day as an apprentice.
  • by JGarrish Location: Winterville on Aug 8, 2009 at 04:30 PM
    I have been a teacher for 25 plus years. During that time many programs have been initiated to stop the drop out rate. One sure way to do this is to develope a vocational/technical school. This not only prepares students for a future, but they will be in a field of their choice. Students will learn more if they are learning what interests them. I hope the powers that be will stop throwing money away on experimental options and do what really works to stop, or slow down the drop out rate.
  • by GBHB on Aug 8, 2009 at 02:33 PM
    To "To GBHB" just throw it all on the teachers. Take no responsibility for your own children. Teachers cannot go home with a child and make them study. The whole "students drop out because teachers don't care" excuse is getting stale. I can tell you what teachers are sick of. Teachers are sick of parents who do not do their job at home and raise entitlement brats who believe they can do no wrong. Teachers are sick of being held responsible for a failing child who they get in high school who cannot read on a 9th grade reading level because the parents did not take the time to actually help their child learn the material. It is not the teachers fault the main ingredient to a child's success is absent. Teachers to student ratio is 1:25. Parent to child ratio is typically 1:3. Now tell me who has their hands full. Sorry "To GBHB", but somewhere the work at home as stopped.
  • by VaEducator Location: VA on Aug 8, 2009 at 02:24 PM
    I am a Dropout Prevention Specialist and the problem starts at home. There are barriers that really keep children from coming to school. When dealing with teenage pregnancy,teen substance abuse,sexual abuse,low self-esteem and a history of poor attendance that started when the child was elementary school is an on-going cycle. Not to mention parent(s) that have substance abuse problems, alcoholism, low self-esteem issues, unstable employment, always moving from place to place and parents that do not value education because he/she dropped out (generational cycle) are your biggest barriers. I have found that if aparent has issues with the school system or dropped out are the worst cases for defending why the child can't come to school. Try visiting a Juvenile and Domestic Relations Court and listen to some of the reasons parents give the Judges why the child can't come to school It is really sickening but sad, but the child and social history tells the truth. We pay now or later.
  • by Devil Dog Location: Greenville on Aug 8, 2009 at 12:13 PM
    A student can drop out of school, without a parents consent at the age of 16,however a parent is responsible until age 18. Doesn't make sense to me. Dropouts who go for a GED do not count as a dropout. A large majority of the kids who dropout, their parents most likely dropped out of school.
  • by College Educator Location: Pitt County on Aug 8, 2009 at 10:36 AM
    The problem starts at home...too many broken homes...no one really parenting anymore. My folks would not have let me fail and I did not. Secondly, no child left behind needs to be scrapped. Kids might be equally valuable but they do not learn the same way. It is foolish to think so. And, for high school, we should go to a three track system like countries such as Germany use. One track aimed at the general labor force, one to go to trade school, and the third for student aiming for college. Have them learn the appropriate subjects and I am thinking you would see this drop out problem decline. But, at the end of the day, it starts at home.
  • by LEW Location: Farmville on Aug 8, 2009 at 09:59 AM
    Let them drop out!!! Getting a free education is a privlage we tax payers foot the bill for thier advantage. Most of the drop outs are thugs who don't want an education, and nothing you can do will change thier minds. Forget trying to baby them back to school and make exceptions so they can get a "so called" high school education. They are just passed on to prevent overcrowding anyway. While they are thier they are nothing but trouble. Ask a teacher before you start trying to "save the world" and help these poor, pitiful drop outs. If we could kick out the human garbage we have in our schools now, it would be a better place for learning, solve the overcrowding problem, and be a plesant place to get and education and start a career.
  • by Home Slice Location: Washington, NC on Aug 8, 2009 at 09:48 AM
    I've said before and I'll say it again, "home is where the story begins." If you want a quick path to poverty, quit school and start having children. The world always needs ditch diggers.
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