18.2% of California students drop out before they finish high school, or receive a GED. And apparently, it starts at the 8th grade.
Dude. I teach 8th grade. Some of my students will drop out, statistically speaking. But why?
Pressure to work? Pregnancy and pressure to start families? Did they move out of state? Did they unfortunately meet with an accident and pass away?
Are they freaked out about college pressure? Do they not see themselves fitting into a college experience? Do they enter a vocation track?
Or do they turn to crime? Become imprisoned? Sit at home in their parents/grandparents/guardians' places and live a life of "hikikomori?"
I would like to know more about the reasons, the why, and less about the percentages. Because, even this math teacher knows, percentages can only get you so far.