Friday, May 05, 2006

Two sides of a coin

Oprah (April 11 and 12, 2006) and Time (April 17, 2006) recently featured stories focusing on the number of high school dropouts in the United States.

The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation has funded The Silent Epidemic, a study issued in March that has gained the attention of many politicians. What the study found is that the number of high school dropouts is much higher than the government is reporting.

According to Nathan Thornburgh, Time, "nearly 1 in 3 public high school students won't graduate."

An interesting comparison to the Oprah and Time stories is an article from the Chicago Tribune (April 12, 2006), focusing on an elite group of high school, high-achieving minority students who are being schmoozed by elite colleges and universities. These top students are being offered scholarships and fly-ins to campus each school attempting to out-market the competition.

Through the Murphy Library's website, search EBSCO for the Time article and the Chicago Tribune index for Thornburgh piece..

Jones, Patrice. "Tip Top: High Stakes Competition for Colleges to Land Top Minority Students." Chicago Tribune, April 12, 2006, pg.1.

Thornburgh, Nathan. "Dropout Nation." Time, April 17, 2006, pg. 30+.

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