Keeping kids in school
Dropping out of school is a huge decision for any student to undertake. Here are some ways to help guide the decision:
What to do
Avoid giving lectures about staying in school; instead explore the long-term effects this will have. Get to the bottom of their reason. It may have nothing to do with school at all. So if you can solve or even reduce the issue, you may be able to change their mindset. Together, research the annual income rates for dropouts vs. high school graduates. Build a “what I need to live on” budget together and compare it to incomes of jobs available to dropouts.
Ways to sway
Talk about it Get them to talk about "why" they want to drop out. Understanding the "why", will help you find solutions to getting them to stay in school. Look at the ramifications. Show the difference in income and lifestyle between a dropout and a person with a high school degree.