As our public education system faces growing scrutiny, the dropout issues has come to the forefront of the discussion. Earlier this year, President Obama called for the raising of the legal dropout age to 18–the thinking being that the longer kids are forced to stay in school, the more likely they are to graduate, pursue higher education and greater career opportunities. But studies show that raising the dropout age may do more harm than good, adding additional costs to an already struggling system with little promise of return.
This graphic outlines the financial and social costs of dropping out of school and explores the potential effectiveness of the President’s proposed solution. Check it out: