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					Students can 鈥渄 rop out 鈥?of education; this can be school, college or university at
any time after they have accepted a place on the course, or, if still in full time
education, can refuse to go to school at any point. Dropping out has historically meant
dropping out of civilised society altogether and is associated with communes and
hippie culture. The phrase is used nowadays for dropping out of anything, such as
school, dance class, scouts, friendship groups etc. There are many reasons that
students drop out of education including: to avoid bullying unplanned pregnancy the
need to find paid employment copying friends who have dropped out individual
special needs not being met by tutors dealing with family problems including death or
separation of parents not having high enough grades to access course wanted boredom
in lessons not enough one to one support from staff being homesick / loneliness
academic problems 鈥?course too hard laziness too much late night partying making
it impossible to get up early no friends at school/college/uni feeling uncomfortable
with new environment at college or uni parental pressure to access higher education
contradicts students own desires dislike of course after starting it and transfer to
another course finding it hard to fit into new, larger school with many more new faces
or a different school life The Telegraph According to The Telegraph in an article
published online on 5/6/08, more than 1 in 7 students drop out of university. They also
state that thousands of undergraduates transfer to other universities or onto lesser
qualifications. 鈥淎 ccording to the Higher Education Statistics Agency, 14.1 per cent
of students who started degrees in 2005/06 will fail to complete courses after
dropping out, 鈥 ?writes Graeme Paton, Education Editor, The Telegraph. New
TEchnologies A recent measure being taken up by schools, colleges and universities
to try and reduce the dropout rate is to use modern technology such as emails, texting,
learning walls, VLEs and Facebook. These are being used by students, who are
already confident in using this technology, to get information about assignment s or
access help from staff when working away from site. Staff use the technology for
reminders about deadlines, to offer advice or support to groups of students who may
be going down the wrong track, and to set and gather in assignments. Use of these
new technologies can be totally free to places of education, making the decision to use
them almost compulsory in today 鈥檚 climate of recession and making every penny
count. Consequences In the coming months many parents will listen to their children's
thoughts on dropping out of education. They shouldn't put pressure on their children
to return to education as they will not learn if they are made to go back. Instead,
parents should consider these points: Thousands of students drop out of education.
This doesn 鈥檛 mean that that is the end to it. Many will have a year out and then
decide to return to education on the same or a different course, some may not return
till later in their lives. Others may return to part time education at some later point.
Parents shouldn't make a battle out of it, some children will defy their parents' wishes
even when they understand that it's the best option.
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