School is such an important thing in our world, it trains us for our future lives, so why are we dropping out? What is making us drop out?
Here are some of the most common reasons to students dropping out of school and some less common but of course still serious reasons.
Failing Too Many Classes
One of the most common reasons for students dropping out of school is “failing too many classes”. A survey taken by GradNation.org showed that 27.6% of the survey takers left because of this reason, which in my opinion is quite worrying. What is it that is making them fail their classes? Is it genuinely the school system, the way they teach and do things or is it the student themselves?
According to Jen Thames on HowToLearn.com some of the reasons for students failing classes are “Fear of failure and lack of self-confidence”, “Lack of desire” and “Poor time management skills and procrastination”. Could it be the student who caused these reasons upon themselves? Or was there a lack of support and motivation from the school? Was there other hidden reasons? It all comes down to the student, so we will never truly know what happens.
The second most common reason for students dropping out is “I was bored”, but what were the students bored of? Most of the students were bored of the lessons that were being taught to them, claiming they had no relevance to what they wanted to do in life. This led them to become more and more bored with school and drop out as it was just a “waste of time” in their life.
Does the school system need to change? How can we make school more interesting and fun for students so they stay in school? I for one believe that we should stop making students take subjects like Science and Math’s if the student plans to be an artist or journalist. If the student wants to become a scientist, why would force them to take social studies and P.E? This is something that definitely needs to be discussed amongst the ministry of education.
Mental Health Issues
One reason for students dropping out of school which is now more talked about is “mental health issues”. Whether it may be depression or anxiety or ADHD, it causes a lot of damage to a student’s life style, thus making it more difficult for them to attend school and be happy there.
I personally had this reason when I left school. I was diagnosed with depression and social anxiety, making it harder for me to become motivated to do my work and go to school. I eventually, after many months of trying to get to school and do the work, dropped out. It’s quite a shame that our mental health can have such a major impact on our lives, attempting to ruin them even.
Mental health issues are quite a serious thing, in this day and age we are lucky as a lot more people have taken it seriously and a lot of help is offered to those of which experience some form of mental health issues. If it is treated right, would students stop dropping out of school for this reason?
I Was Bullied
Surprisingly but not unfortunately, bullying is not one of the most common reason, coming in on 2.2% on the GradNation.org survey. Bullying has been a major issue for quite some time now, it can come in so many forms from verbal bullying to cyber bullying to physical bullying. All of them are just as bad as each other.
I am sure it is safe to say that bullying has been handled more professionally and sufficiently recently, considering the very low percentage of people dropping out for that reason.
School Wasn’t Relevant To Their Life
As I mentioned earlier, a lot of students become bored with school because they aren’t learning what they want to learn. At 20.3%, this reason comes in as the fourth most common reason for dropping out of school. From what I have seen and in my experience at school, a lot of lessons that we are taught may be necessary, but are not relevant to what we want to do with our future.
I want to be a journalist, so the only subjects I really enjoyed doing was English and Social Studies. Science and Math’s and P.E weren’t relevant to what I wanted to do so I never really went to those classes, as bad as it may sound I just didn’t want to go to classes where I wasn’t going to learn anything that could help with the career path to be a journalist.
I was quite surprised with this investigation; I never thought that the most common reason for students dropping out was that they were failing their classes. The bullying reason was quite surprisingly as well, I thought it would have been a much larger percentage, but I guess that was just my lack of confidence in other people.
The question now is how can we stop students from dropping out? Or is it just out of our control? We may just never know.
Author: Albion Haines
My name is Albion Haines, I am a 16 year old transgender male who is studying NCEA level 2 at the wonderful tertiary school, Capital Training. I really enjoy writing fictional stories, the creativeness I can throw into them is so much fun and I have so many ideas for short stories and possible books. I specifically like writing the genres Sci-fi, Crime and Gay Literature. Lately however I have been trying my hand at writing news reports of current world wide events and movie/tv show reviews. I am quite invested in the LGBTQ+ community as I am a gay transmale who wants to inspire others to not fear being who they are. I love learning about who people are and how they got through the struggles of being apart of this community. It’s refreshing to know I’m not the only one who struggled, as bad as they may sound. Last but not least, I really love animals! I have a 2 year old black and white fluffy cat named Loki who I adore so much. I cherish animals to the point where I could possibly enjoy their company more than some human beings.