The latest information provided by Gateway to College National Network
states that, “Even with recent improvements to the national high school graduation rate,
over 7% of high school students drop out. It’s more sobering when we see that over 8%
of Latino students and a staggering 15% of African American students drop out of
high school. There are serious repercussions for these young people and for the
communities in which they live.”
According to the American Youth Policy Forum, a dropout earns $260,000 less than
a high school graduate over a lifetime. He/she is 3.5 times more likely to become
incarcerated, and much more likely to be chronically unemployed, be less healthy
and have a shorter lifespan.
Now for the good news! This can be prevented if parents take the time to understand
their role and responsibility to the child and provide the support and
encouragement needed to succeed. For, it takes a team to raise a child.
Therefore, I recommend the following:
T- Teachers teach and parents need to discipline, set boundaries, and goals for their child.
E- Education must be a priority in every home.
A- Attitude always determines altitude.
M- Match the child’s passion and interests with an action plan, and you will ignite his future!
And remember, Smart people talk about ideas,
Average people talk about events,
And small people talk about people!
What will dominate your family conversation?
Champion Parenting (Building Leaders for Life)