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"Dropout Nation"

Tuesday, September 25, 2012

Every year, hundreds of thousands of American kids quit high school before they earn their diplomas, and Frank Koughan, writer/producer of Frontline’s documentary “Dropout Nation,” looks at what it takes to keep kids in high school. Frontline spent a semester inside Sharpstown High School in Houston, Texas, a once-notorious “dropout factory” to take a close look at students in crisis and the teachers, counselors, and principal struggling to get them to graduation day. “Dropout Nation” premieres September 25, at 9 pm on PBS.

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Frank Koughan

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Comments [3]

fuva from harlemworld

KB, right on.

Sep. 25 2012 01:55 PM
fuva from harlemworld

I think teachers have had to play so many roles in students' lives since the crack era. And I find that, in the current education debate, most people are completely clueless about these day-to-day demands. This prevents effective, realistic and just problem solving.

Sep. 25 2012 01:54 PM
Kb from Brooklyn

The problems so many kids bring from home and the lack of parental encouragement, support and even simple availability make the case AGAINST teacher evaluation based on test scores...so many of these kids are coming in with 2 strikes on them. How can they succeed as students? Going back to their early childhood, are these kids being read to as toddlers? Often not even SPOKEN to very much except for disciplining--their vocabularies are significantly less developed than kids from middleclass homes. There's a generational chain of teen dropout parents (and so often just the mother)in poverty with all the accompanying syndrome--drugs, alcohol, abuse. See "The Other America" by Harrington, "The Pedagogy of the Oppressed" by Friere. Attack the root causes of poverty!

Sep. 25 2012 01:46 PM

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