Our country is in serious trouble.
Already, having a high school diploma only equips one for low-wage service-sector jobs in America’s post-industrial post-manufacturing economy. Not to be a high school graduate is downright economically suicidal. I’m not sure even fast food joints will hire a high school dropout for their minimum-wage hamburger flipper jobs.
Boostup.org has an interactive map of the dropout rates of America’s 50 states.
Nationwide, America’s high school dropout rate is a staggering 28%. That means more than 1 out of every 4 students never graduate from high school. Here are the dropout rates by race/ethnicity:
- American Indian: 46% (nearly 1 of every 2!)
- Black: 43%
- Hispanic: 42%
- White: 22%
- Asian: 17%
Here are the dropout rates (from highest to lowest) for the 51 states and district:
- Nevada 43%
- Mississippi 38%
- District of Columbia 37%
- New Mexico 35%
- South Carolina 34%
- Georgia 32%
- Louisiana 32%
- Florida 31%
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