The Cost Of Dropping Out

NPR has produced the above video infographic on the costs to society of high school dropouts. Consider the facts:
* The unemployment rate for people without a high school diploma is nearly twice that of the general population.

* Over a lifetime, a high school dropout will earn $200,000 less than a high school graduate and almost $1 million less than a college graduate.

* Dropouts are more likely to commit crimes, abuse drugs and alcohol, become teenage parents, live in poverty and commit suicide.

* Dropouts cost federal and state governments hundreds of billions of dollars in lost earnings, welfare and medical costs, and billions more for dropouts who end up in prison.

Interesting story looking at dropping out through the eyes of 5 individuals.


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