Former Secretary of State, and retired Army General, Colin Powell and Mrs. Alma Powell hit the airwaves last week discussing their hopes and work to keep more kids in school. They spoke of a challenge and their reasons for taking it on, but as I watched the interview, I couldn’t help but think that we had just found this week’s very appropriate answer to the question, “Why do you serve?” (See what Lorraine Nordlinger, Red Cross Volunteer, had to say last week).
Interesting to note that NPR tackled nearly the same issue several days ago (did I miss the memo on this week being the week the debate the American drop-out rate?). Further interesting (and shocking) is the statistic suggesting just how many high school students we’re talking about here.
An American teenager drops out of high school every 26 seconds. Yes, seconds. Wow.