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  • jeaxler

    In study after study, one of the best predictors of school success is the educational level of the mother. That said, you can't go back and "fix" families. You can try to break the cycle by trying to provide the support to at-risk students, thereby improving the probability of school success of future generations. You got to start somewhere. City Year may be one way to support students, but there are many. We also need to look at making education more meaningful by ensuring that those that want to go to college are prepared, but also by preparing high school students, who aren't interested in college, for additional vocational training.

  • Jerry Frendo

    How many dropouts are from single parent households? My bet is that there would be a lot fewer dropouts in the 10th grade if there was a committed father at home during the child's third grade!!!

    • BenHargrove

      Again, what does this perfect family fantasy have to do with City Year? There are other organizations dedicated to reducing absentee fathering, such as the National Fatherhood Initiative, ( as well as many local programs. City Year focuses on helping kids continue to get an education when the deck is stacked against them. It's a great program and worth supporting.