What Do You Think?: A Scenario About Cutting School
Monday, April 22, 2013 at 4:19PM
Lynda Rae in dropouts, school attendance

What do you think about this scenario?

Brett wasn’t doing well with school. Some days, he just didn’t want to go...so he didn’t. Then it became easier not to go. He thinks he was too proud to ask for help. And he felt ashamed because he couldn’t do all the work. So he just quit going. He just hung out with his cousin and his friends. They were selling drugs. So Brett started to as well. Now he's in jail, able to get his GED, but wishes he'd asked for help, as things might have been different for him.

Questions for Discussion:

1. Why might it seem easier to quit school than to ask for help?

2. Brett thinks that "things might have been different". What might have been different if he'd gotten help and stayed in school?

3. Who do you ask for help from in school? How do you feel when you ask for help?

Factoids:

 What can mentors do to help prevent this?

 

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