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Dropping out of high school? Do your research @yourlibrary!

Dropping out or Hanging In
What you should know before dropping out of school

This poor title had one and only one circ in its pathetic history.  What I was dying to know why someone would even check this title out in the first place? I am sure that someone thought that this book would be helpful but this title stands as a shining example of not understanding your audience.  This book really is a workbook and has “homework” for the potential drop out decision maker. Really.  Here is one of many sheets you can work on before you make your crucial decision to drop out of high school – don’t forget to answer in complete sentences!



Not sure if the above title will help with your decision?  Try this one:

Dropping Out of School

No worksheets or essay questions but a couple stories about one kid who is going to make it big in rap and can’t be bothered with school right now.  His mother seems to be “on his case”.  Can’t understand why this title had a grand total of ZERO checkouts…


0 Responses to Dropping out of high school? Do your research @yourlibrary!

  • Wow, even 1994 is a little late for pegged jeans and Keds.

  • pegged jeans and keds are hip again…as for the height of the waist line and her hair-do…

  • I just weeded the first title from my high school library. No one ever checked it out. It seemed like a really goofy thing to have in a high school library.

  • Something tells me that the kids thinking of dropping out of school probably weren’t all that library-savvy in the first place. And I wonder how much was aimed at the kids with fantasies (like that would-be rapper) of what life without school would be like (i.e. fun and cool with no rules) versus the kids who were thinking of dropping out to help support their family. The latter group of kids would be well worth writing a book for, but something tells me they weren’t the target audience.

  • Hmmm. These books might be better for teachers or guidance counselors.

  • Isn’t the girl on the cover of the 2nd book the same one who was drunk in a stairwell a few weeks ago? Just goes to show how bad things can get after you drop out! Seriously, in a public library setting, I’m surprised these titles weren’t checked out at least a few times by parents (moms) who were trying to keep their kid from dropping out.

  • I have the weirdest feeling I might’ve read these books – more likely the top one as I graduated in 1995. I had actually considered dropping out but not for the usual reasons. I wanted to drop out because of the bullying I received from students and even teachers. Plus, despite my bad grades (which were due to laziness more then anything), I was often miles ahead of even the teachers. Reading and comprehending things the teachers couldn’t grasp. I even humilated more then one unintentionally by pointing out where they were wrong. Especially in english class.

    I can’t remember why I decided to stick it out. I think it’s because my parents threatened to spank me then throw me out in the streets if I dropped out. But I’m pretty sure I read the top book or one very much like it. There’s a total feeling of deja vu with them.

  • While I am sure books of that type would be useful for teachers and councellors to dish out to students wanting to drop out, who in their right mind thinks that teens wanting to drop out of school are using their local library?? Or, indeed, their parents.

    While the workbook probably has great stuff for the dropee to think about…. SERIOUSLY?! A workbook for dropouts?

  • As a drop-out, I can tell you I certainly wouldn’t have picked up a book full of worksheets to help me make my decision! Books with advice on how to get my GED, and practical advice about living in the adult world (I had to figure out how to buy my own car insurance, for instance) would be much more useful. Also, I did manage to go on and graduate from college without once teasing my hair up and sulking against a locker…

    • You raise another good point– dropping out of high school is not necessarily the end of a potentially successful life. My study partner in law school was a high-school dropout. Before he came to law school, he was managing a coffee factory and going through business school as part of a co-op, all while raising twin little girls with his wife of seven years. It’s all well and good to encourage kids to stay in school, but that’s no reason to throw them to the wolves if they don’t.

  • I figure if anything, a student wanting to be done with high school for all the bullying or in my own experience, fed up with fellow teens, would hit the library for the opposite direction: skipping to college.

    Disclaimer: I know the publishers:


  • yep…it just shows the potential power of words and labeling. ‘drop-out’ = ‘loser’, basically.

    but suppose instead you called yourself an Opt-Out?…’high school opt-out’. it means the same, but doesn’t carry the sting of dropout.

    i mean obviously its USUALLY best to graduate h.s.; but not always.

  • The ‘Kid who Wants to Make it Big in Rap’ once came up to me on the Enquiry Desk in a large London library and requested a rhyming dictionary – !
    “Snoop Dogg doesn’t use one,” I explained gently.
    “I’m gonna be better than him.”
    (Don’t recall if he was Dizzie Rascal).

  • I can’t imagine kids writing worksheets as to why they’re dropping out. That’s the thing they’re trying to get away from in the first place. I don’t think they think that far ahead,or with that much forethought,so this basically wouldn’t work.
    You know a book about flipping burgers would be more reality based.
    There’s so few people who make their lives a success from not getting through high school.
    I’ll bet even Snoop Dogg would want his kids to finish high school!