Mapping Dropouts Around the World

11 Apr


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2 responses to “Mapping Dropouts Around the World

  1. Jeff Daitsman

    April 11, 2013 at 22:00

    Why focus on “Europe’s Secret”? Looking at the bar graph, Europe looks pretty average to me. I’d be more interested in reading about “Asia’s secret.” The Asian countries that are represented seem to be far more successful than their European counterparts in terms of student retention.

    • Lloyd Lofthouse

      April 12, 2013 at 08:12

      The schools in most Asian countries are not as well developed as they are in the West. Japan, Taiwan and South Korea are an exception, and Japan has a strong vocational program in its public schools and colleges with one of the highest graduation rates from high school in the world but it is possible to graduate from high school in Japan on a vocational track and not an academic track. I’m not sure how the choice is made but most students take one track or the other toward graduation from high school before moving on to university.

      Like Japan, it is possible to follow one and/or both tracks—vocational and/or academic—to graduate from high school in most of the world but not in the United States.

      India suffers from extreme poverty. Many children living in poverty in India never go to school. And India has a very high illiteracy rate. Thousands of children die daily of malnutrition or starvation.

      In China, the education system is still being developed. The rural schools are not as well developed as the urban schools. The schools in Shanghai and Beijing offer a better quality education than most other cities in China. About 90% of the children that start grade school drop out before finishing and reaching the first stage of high school. There are about 150 million children that start grade school and about 10 million attending senior high school. These numbers may be improving. I’m quoting stats from several years ago, because China is making a great effort to improve all of its schools.

      China’s education system is based on merit and the competition to get into senior high school after age 15 is fierce. The competition to get into a university in China is even fiercer.

      Singapore is the same way. Merit is the basis for deciding what track a student is placed in and there is public corporal punishment in Singapore’s schools.


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