Reducing the Dropout Rate

Daniel Domenech, Executive Director of the American Association of School Administrators (AASA) wrote that ” A majority of students in Europe engage in vocational studies.  In Germany, Switzerland, and Italy, less than 40 percent of the student population  is engaged in a college-prep program.”

With almost 1/3 of our students dropping out, maybe preparing all students to go to college might have to be rethought.  We need automobile mechanics, tool and die makers, and other people who work with their hands.  Why do we ignore these students who might otherwise succeed if we prepare them for the world of work?