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The title of this expository essay presents three possible major consequences that may occur in the life of the teenager who decides to dropout of high school, they are poor or a recognizable deficit in socialization skills, a future likely to include the inability to gain employment, and a possible gravitation towards a deviant lifestyle, these are "potential" factors that have the possibility of impacting the future of a teenager's life and will not apply to every person who fails to obtain a high school education.
I mentioned these concepts of the socialization process because they are essential for an individual to successfully achieve goals in life. Socialization is not a means of one fitting into or trying to be accepted by a group, it is skills that assist with maturity and the ability to understand and properly react to the environmental circumstances and situations of life.
One major and important need is the acquiring of an education, which without, one could suffer major hindrances in the future, which can include the inability to become gainfully employed or have access to other options.
The acknowledgment and value of education is in most cases is inspired from parents as the child grows and this is also acquired as the child progresses through out elementary and high school. The attendance and successful completion of a high school education is all but vital in this modern age of technology.
The value one has in the attainment of an education can and will contribute to a person's future success. In the United States there is the norm that able-bodied individuals should work for a living, and all who don't are stigmatized. Even if there were no stigma attached, for most people, they must be employed in order to support themselves. The value and necessary need for education is a reality.
The ability to successfully maintain a job as well as meet other responsibilities that are apart of the adult world requires a reasonable education along with behaviors that society expects from the individual and these behaviors are mostly formed in early childhood and continues throughout one's life. The attendance of high school is just one element that is vital to assisting in the socialization process. Successful completion of a high school education also requires structure and discipline. Once one reaches adulthood, these qualities are expected.
It also known that teenager's experience a period of rebellion, in some cases, one of these is the decision to quit school. This decision is made based on many factors that are unique to each teen where they withdraw from the influences of parents and seek to define their own reality. They usually reject the wise counsel of caregivers and other influential people. This behavior is reinforced by the association with other peers who also think and feel the same way. They encourage each other as they pursue their journey.
High school dropouts usually are not apart of the pro-social grouping of teens who are attending school and doing well in their studies. High school dropouts usually manifest self-defeating characteristics that include, impulsiveness, negative emotionality, and sensation seeking behaviors (Walsh & Ellis, 2007). The lack of school attendance and the influences that activity provides is a major catalyst that leads high school dropouts into many dysfunctional behaviors. High school dropouts then to lack many characteristics of discipline needed to survive and succeed in critical areas of adult life.
The average school environment provides many opportunities for adolescents to face their fears, doubts, it is a period of growth. The necessary discipline required to be on time for classes, complete assignments, homework and continue studying with the goal of excelling is not developed when a teen disconnects from the educational process.
High school is a structured environment where basic educational skills are taught. Teenager's
who dropout of school at this early age of development will miss out on the opportunity to learn and develop skills that are far beyond general education. Those who progress through school are challenged in many areas besides learning. The participation in extra curricular activities such as sports and various clubs gives the teen the opportunity and exposure to develop a self-identity along with self-esteem as they successfully complete and succeed in these activities. Positive peer interaction greatly encourages the adolescent in the decision process of who they should and should not associate with and the possible consequences. The modern high school environment can be seen as a portal into young adulthood, where the teen learns from mistakes and develops social living skills.
Teens who miss out on the social and educational process of their teen years often when questioned later on in life, have a deep regret of dropping out of school, (McCaul, Donaldson, Jr., Coladarci & Williams, 1992). These teens have a pervading sense of being isolated and cut off from...the lack of attachment, commitment, involvement, and beliefs that would have most likely led to success in the completion of school (Walsh & Ellis, 2007).
Besides not acquiring a basic education, the future for dropouts in the area of employment is bleak. The current economic crises that our country is experiencing has devastated many, there are individuals who are well educated with exceeding levels of expertise who have lost their jobs and means of support. So if this situation has come upon those who have advanced education imagine the future of those who lack the basic education that is presented in high school.
Due to the inability of a person who lacks the opportunity to gain employment, there is the probability that some form of criminal behavior may be engaged in to support one's self and/or family. Does this apply to every person without a basic education, of course not, but it is more likely to.
There are numerous factors that contribute to the reason a teenager decides to quit school. Teenager's who dropout are not always "F" students (John Bridgeland, 2006), according to a new study from the Gates Foundation, it is reported that many high school dropouts quit school because they find it boring, they do not see a correlation between their courses of study and their future. Some teenagers decide to dropout because they were dealing with various issues in their lives and some of these are conflicts in the home, parents divorce, personal trauma and severe illness, abuse issues which include physical, mental, emotional, and sexual abuse. Some quit school due to their family being homeless, other teens become involved in substance abuse or just outright rebellion.
Nevertheless, no matter what the cause, the results are still the same in many cases. The teen who does not participate in the educational development that is needed to learn, mature and make the transition in to young adulthood will have a greater chance at failing to achieve future goals.
Reflecting back, the high school years are for most teens a period in time where they will remember and treasure memories that cannot be replaced. The first love, first kiss, the crush on that special girl or boy. Participating in contests, science, debates, student government and Honor Roll competitions, being apart of their high school sports team who won the state finals, etc. These activities are a participating factor in how the child develops and builds upon what he or she has learned. Successful completion of high school leads to the desire to continue higher learning. The dropout will be hindered in future option because not having a high school diploma
is all but a requirement in order to advance.
There is a statistic that claims that every nine seconds, a student becomes a high school dropout in America, (Martin & Halperin, 2006, p6). This is a very sobering number and the fallout from this will affect not only the lives of the person who failed to obtain a basic education, but it will continue to impact our economy. High school dropouts who cannot support themselves will have to seek other means of survival and this can lead to becoming involved in lawbreaking behaviors as a means of support. According to a recent U.S. Department of Justice report, 30% of state prison, 40% of federal, and over 50% of death row inmates are high school dropouts (U.S. Department of Justice, 2007). Perhaps if some of those who currently occupy
our nation's prisons would have graduated from high school, they would have made different choices which having an education affords.
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What is the main point of this essay?The main point was to stress the importance of a high school education.
What is the greatest strength of this essay?The paper's ending was the strongest component of this essay. It leaves the readers with some interesting and important questions to consider.
Does the introduction grab your interest and make you want to read on? Explain your answer.The introduction is weak and definitely needs some work. If this weren't a required assignment, I would have discontinued reading. From the beginning, throughout the essay, it appears as though the author's thoughts have not been clearly though out. Consequently, the dialogue does not create a smooth flow and is difficult to read.
What material does not seem to fit the main point of the essay or does not seem to be appropriate for the audience?Paragraph seven seems to veer off onto the topic of "socialization" and does not clearly show its relationship and/or importance to a high-school education. There are a lot of high-school and college graduates who have excelled academically, but are social misfits.
Where should the author add more details or examples? Explain your answer. I believe that the paragraph which talks about "socialization" needs to be clarified and expanded in order to create a clearer connection between the lack of "socialization" and its relationship to academic developmentâ€¦which impacts on a student's ability to graduate from high-school.
Where is the writing unclear or vague?The writer's claim that "in many states, attending high-school is the law," left me wondering where he or she got this information. Providing documentation that substantiates this statement would strengthen this piece of information. Also, does that mean that there are states, where getting a high-school education is not a requirement? If so, how many and which states would be some interesting information to have.
What is your favorite part of this piece of writing?The ending was my favorite part of this essay. It left me with questions that have continued to resonate within my mind. It also reinforced my resolve to continue stressing the importance of a high-school education to my children so that they are aware that without it, attending college or any other school of higher learning is impossible. Thus, minimizing their ability to succeed in being able to adequately provide for themselves and their families when they are adults.
What other comments might you provide for the author?The formatting was off and needs to be justified throughout the paper. The university's website provides a template that the writer can use to make sure that the APA guidelines are followed.
Be sure to use the spell-checker to identify misspelled words.
Read paper out loud to ensure that the dialogue flows smoothly.
Use periods and semi-colons appropriately in order to avoid run- on sentences.
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writing: A rhetoric, research guide, reader, and handbook (6th ed.). Upper Saddle River, NJ: Prentice-Hall.
Martin, N., & Halperin, S. (2006). What ever it takes: how twelve communities are reconnecting
gut-school-youth. Washington, D.C.: American Youth Policy Forum.