Dropping Out Of High School

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ABSTRACT According to Egyed, McIntosh, & Bull (1998), high school dropouts were discussed in literature as early as 1927. At that time dropout was called “school- leaving” and was considered to be a psychological problem based on interest and attitudes (Fuller, 1927). Beginning in the 1920s, teenagers were viewed as restless and needing the freedom to explore new interests. If schools did not meet their basic needs, there was a high likelihood that these students will drop out (Egyed, McIntosh, & Bull, 1998, p. 153). Today, dropping out of high school early is a serious problem for both students and society. Several reviews and empirical evidence have disclosed and shown that there is no simple cause of early school leaving, but it seems to relate to demographic variables, social factors, academic achievement, and school factors. The purpose of this study is to address the key predictors that causes young people to leave high school early without completing their education in Dallas, Texas. A phenomenological approach using surveys will be conducted to determine young people’s perception and assumption of leaving high school early without completing their education. It is ultimately the goal of this research investigation to examine how the Ministry of Education and the community of Dallas is responding to the economic consequences facing these young people who are dropping out/ or leaving high

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