You Say You Want a Revolution: Dropout Nation Takes On American Education

Since 1980, dropout rates among American high school students have dropped by six percentage points. Still, about eight percent of high schoolers drop out before graduation. Learn about Dropout Nation, an online initiative devoted to addressing this problem.

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Passionate Advocacy

RiShawn Biddle began writing about the dropout crisis in 2005. After completing a series of articles and editorials for the Indianapolis Star, Biddle developed Dropout Nation, a website devoted to bringing awareness to troubling dropout rates. Biddle's site now serves as a go-to resource for advocates looking to address not only the dropout problem, but other pressing education issues as well.

Dropout Nation's broader focus on the reform of public education of America is a result of the fact that students who drop out of school often have primarily negative education experiences. The dropout problem, advocates contend, is the end result of a cumulative effect of failed policy, poor teaching and other problems in schools.

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Reform-Minded with Focus

Visit Dropout Nation and you'll find a blog that is regularly updated by Biddle and other site contributors. Posts often address national education policies, teacher quality, curriculum updates and other issues. Perspectives at the site are often similar to those of prominent school reform advocates, but it is a common sense approach to education - not some fashionable education agenda - that most characterizes content at the site.

RiShawn Biddle and others at the site also work to bring attention to some of the important education issues that affect minority youth and their experiences at school. The engagement gap seen between white and non-white students is often startling. For instance, dropout rates among black students are double those observed among Caucasians. And Hispanic students drop out almost four times more often than whites.

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A Call to Action

Dropout Nation contends that we need a revolution, not evolution, to improve education in this country. And the website is working hard to bring about change. Frequent policy updates, a lively Twitter feed and informative podcasts educate site visitors and social media followers. The website serves as a connecting point for a large network of education professionals and advocates looking to effect school change at local and national levels.

Operating without establishment influence, Dropout Nation is an important advocate working on behalf of America's students. Its holistic approach to lowering dropout rates and curing other education ills represents an important no-nonsense approach without golden calves, with no agenda beyond that of improving American schools.

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