Newspapers recently cheered the announcement by the United States Department of Education that, for the first time in U.S. history, high school graduation rates had exceeded the 80 percent threshold.
This is fantastic news! Just think, one out of five students doesn’t graduate! Now that is truly a reason to celebrate!
Hmmmm, when you say it that way, it doesn’t prompt the masses to start dancing in the streets, does it?
And when you consider the additional fact that a significant percentage of those who do graduate are not “college ready,” there’s even less reason to start shooting off fireworks. Less than half of students entering college are sufficiently prepared for college level coursework.
And so I found it very encouraging when I read another report about how high school clubs aid in educational progress. It’s not hard to understand why joining a club would help improve a student’s class work. Much of the difficulty students encounter in high school has little to do with what’s written in textbooks and much more to do with the learning environment in which they are immersed for four years.
Joining a single club can significantly improve a student’s chance of graduating. What more reason do we need that that to strongly encourage our students to join a club?