Why Did You Drop Out? (03:38)
In 2013, seven students from rural Massachusetts met to tape a conversation that was shown to teachers and school administrators. Medical problems, family issues, and bullying are common reasons for leaving school.
Getting Held Back (03:07)
Students share their stories about being held back at grade level. Teachers respond and talk about the system.
Kids talk about changing schools. Teachers respond and share ideas for providing stability to students.
Student share stories of being bullied at school. Some of them felt forced to drop out by school administrators. Teachers respond and talk about student advocacy.
Confrontation and Trauma (03:02)
Students describe being antagonized by teachers. Teachers and administrators acknowledge the issue with power struggles.
Confrontation and Trauma Continued (05:12)
Students, teachers, and school administrators talk about the power of apologies and how trust can be established.
How Do We Create Alternative Models? (03:38)
Students talk about the benefits of attending Literacy Program, an alternative program for high school education. Teachers talk about the benefit of customization.
How Do We Create Alternative Models? Continued (05:10)
Teachers and school administrators talk about the reality of having a Literacy Program as alternative program for high school education.
Final Messages (03:56)
Teachers and school administrators share encouraging thoughts with the students. Students give feedback and advice to kids who are considering dropping out.
Credits: Why We Drop Out: A Video Bridge Dialogue between Youth, Teachers, and Administrators (01:06)
Credits: Why We Drop Out: A Video Bridge Dialogue between Youth, Teachers, and Administrators
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