Today this blog had its 10,000th visitor. Most likely, it was a high school dropout looking for help in passing the GED.
My first visitors came March 30, 2010. Actually, there were 3 visitors that day.
These days, it’s not uncommon to have 100 unique visitors to this web page every day.
7000 Dropouts a Day, 100 Visitors
I have often read on the Internet that there are 7000 teenagers who drop out of high school every day. I have 100 visitors a day. Do the math. In a perfect world, every day in the U.S., I might be reaching 1 out of every 70 young people who dropped out of school.
But it’s not a perfect world.
Our Nation’s Greatest Educational Challenge: High School Dropouts
I sometimes wonder why I started and maintained this blog. Here are a few reasons.
- I know half a dozen high school dropouts from my Chicago neighborhood. I always ask them how they’re doing. “Are you studying for the GED? When will you take the test? What problems are you facing?” I’m sure word has spread about the older guy (I’m only 60) in the neighborhood who keeps talking about the GED.
- Yes, it’s our nation’s greatest educational problem. Here in Chicago, IL, the newspapers commonly write that our high school dropout rate is 50%. That is both an outrage and a shame. Nationwide, it’s estimated the dropout rate is about 30%. But I didn’t start this blog out of a patriotic interest to solve the high school dropout rate. That’s too grandiose or lofty a goal.
- I am a teacher. I have two degrees but neither of those degrees is in teaching. But I’m the guy that’s taught 10,000 people or more how to use computers in Chicagoland. I think that makes me a teacher. Perhaps I started this blog because it helps me speak to people who need my training the most: high school dropouts.
Best wishes to you on passing the GED. Perhaps my ebook, How to Pass the GED will help.