Addressing the dropout problem |

Addressing the dropout problem

Dear Editor:

In our F.A.D. class (Fundamentals of American Democracy) we were asked to come up with a public policy about a problem. My group’s problem was the rise of the dropout rate in high schools. According to the website, on average one student drops out of school every 26 seconds.

In Basalt High School an average of four to five students drop out each year. Though this number looks pretty good, there are currently 439 students enrolled in Basalt High School. This affects our future because we can be potentially losing lawyers, teachers, police officers and doctors who could help our future and the economy.

To address these problems we must first look at the reason why students drop out of high school. The economy is one reason; kids are either helping out their family by working to help pay bills and not having any time for homework. Then they have trouble keeping up in school and decide to drop out and just join the workforce.

It’s a horrible thing when a kid drops out of high school and doesn’t pursue their future. Our group came up with a policy that before they drop out they have to be at least 18 years of age. At 18 we are allowed to vote, join the military and are considered an adult by the law. We should be required to have at least a high school education that helps us make better decisions in life. For any concerns or input contact us at

Jordan Coarsen


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