Top 10 Reasons to Dropout of High School
Why did you dropout of high school? The top 10 reasons for dropping out of high school are in this article.
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Who are you? Are you a 17 year old dropout? Are you the parent of a high school dropout? Whoever you are, you can pass the GED test. It just takes time, study, and discipline. If I told you that you could pass the GED test would you believe me? 99.2% of first time GED test takers passed the GED in the state of Iowa in 2009. If you’d like to learn how, visit How to Pass the GED, my new website.
But for now, here are the top 10 reasons to dropout of high school.
1) I became a dropout because my classes weren’t interesting.
One website claims that 53% of dropouts interviewed gave that as a reason for dropping out. When you take the high school dropout survey, you can give your own reasons.
2) I had to dropout of high school to get a job.
I live near a Chicago high school where I have heard this excuse. But the underlying reasons may go deeper. Students dropout of school not to make big money working for minimum wage. They dropout of school to make money to help their parents pay their bills.
3) I became a parent, and then I became a dropout.
It’s hard to complete high school when you’re a single mom, or even a young married mom. Although some high schools provide help for young single moms, it certainly isn’t common.
4) I left high school because I was flunking everything.
Failure is a bitter pill to swallow. Some students stop coming to high school because it’s embarrassing to fail every day in homework and tests. The most common problem with flunking seems to be a fear of math. Barnes and Noble’s GED Math Basics book can help you pass the math portion of your GED test.
5) I couldn’t graduate because my father/mother became sick.
In some families, the child ends up taking care of a sick parent. Is it true that 22% of all high school dropouts left school to take care of a loved one? It’s an under publicized reason for dropping out of high school.
6) Nobody encouraged me, so I gave up.
This harsh explanation for dropping out of high school can be “sugarcoated”. In one survey, students said: Nobody motivated me to work hard. Who’s responsible? Students? Parents? Teachers? Take your pick. Without encouragement, a kind word from someone, school can seem like drudgery.
7) Prison time forced me to dropout of high school.
I know this is a factor.
Young people commit crimes and then serve time in juvenile detention facilities or prison time with adults. I had at least one friend who served hard prison time and actually took courses in prison. Unfortunately, offering the GED to young people in prison isn’t high on society’s list of priorities. And young people in prison have other priorities besides getting a GED.
8) Poor health forced me to dropout.
Young people do get sick. I haven’t seen any numbers on this but I believe people become ill, fight their illness, and then fail to complete high school. Physical ailments are possible such as cancers or car accidents. But young people can also become alcoholics and/or drug dependent.
9) I became homeless, and then dropped out of high school.
I live in Chicago, IL.
I remember attending a Parent Teacher meeting and then learning that homeless young people attended Lane Technical High School in Chicago. In fact, the Chicago Public Schools tried to keep statistics on homeless teens attending high school.
I remember my shock in realizing that kids were sleeping in a car overnight, waking up without a good breakfast, and then going to high school in rumpled dirty clothing. Homelessness does cause kids to dropout of high school.
10) My grade school was so horrible I never had a chance in high school.
If you attend a mediocre grade school, your chance of success in high school is greatly reduced. When interviewed, some high school dropouts consider their grade school a source of their failure.
High school is gone, won’t you consider passing the GED test?
People drop out of high school for many reasons. And many of those reasons have absolutely nothing to do with your intelligence. Your parents were ill, so you dropped out of high school to support them. You were ill, so you had to drop out. But today is different.
7000 people drop out of high school every day. What is less known, is that thousands of high school dropouts pass the GED test every day. You could be one of them.
Do something positive today that will bring you one step closer to passing the GED. Meet with a friend and ask them to be your tutor. Visit a local GED study center.
It’s possible you might pass the GED if you took it. Why not test yourself with 5 GED Practice Tests from Barnes and Noble.
Just because you stopped, doesn’t mean you can’t finish a journey
Yes, you dropped out of high school for some reason. But honestly, it doesn’t mean your educational journey, your life, is over. Do something positive today to bring you one step closer to passing the GED test.