For San Bernardino County (part of the Inland Empire) the high school graduation rate increased by 3.5 percent. However, on the whole, San Bernardino County students are still behind state averages for graduation and dropout rates.
Probably because I’m not an educator, high school dropout rates had not been at the front of my mind, but the fact that the California graduation rate was only at 76.3 stunned me. I thought, who is still dropping out of school? How do they think they’re going to compete in an already dry job market? But then I figured, if you’re dropping out of school, clearly, that is not what’s on your mind.
My daughter tried to give dropping out legs. “Well, maybe they drop out to pursue music careers, or entertainment jobs.” Please note that my own daughter wants to pursue a career in music.
I told her, “That may be the case for some of them, but they need to know that statistically speaking, with the number of people looking to break into music, the odds of them having a long successful music career are not in their favor. They need a backup plan. They need to be educated.”
In the old days, I told her, people dropped out of high school all the time. Some people didn’t even get to high school but still were able to make a decent living and support a family. I don’t really see how that’s possible anymore with the world relying so heavily on the educated and the advancements in technology.
“My grandmother dropped out of high school.”
“Yeah. She did. And she got married at sixteen.”
“Yeah, that’s crazy. That’s like me getting married right now.”
“I guess she figured, I’m married, I’m not going to school!”
With all the pending budget cuts to the public school system, and the graduation rate being at 76.3 percent, the education of today’s youth look pretty grisly. For those who are graduating their education will suffer. For those who aren’t… is this our physical labor workforce?