Dropouts still pay a social price for choosing to leave school early. Yet the very schools they abandon have in far too many cases already abandoned them. We will not “fix” the “dropout problem” by sending dropouts back to school. If school was effective for them, they wouldn’t have dropped out in the first place.
The only realistic option for dropouts – and for those of us in society who care about them – is to help them create new paths, new options, new direction.