Just because your child dropped out of high school doesn't mean it's the end of the line. Some 75% of high school dropouts eventually finish their education. Here's the lowdown on getting that second chance.
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At first glance, dropping out of school is a terrible idea - but in a few cases, it may actually be a good idea. Sure, the outlook for high school dropouts is considerably more bleak than for teens who finish their education. But nearly 75% of the teens who drop out eventually finish, the majority by earning their GED, others by finishing their coursework and actually graduating. So before freaking out at the very thought of your child dropping out, read the pros, the cons, and the happy statistics.
Tracking high school dropout and graduation statistics is a grim, confusing business - and percentages can vary so dramatically, parents don't know what to believe. A third of the United States' teenagers drop out of high school? Or 10% or 40%? Well, yes, all of those figures are right - and wrong. Here's the lowdown... plus numbers you can actually use.