Future of Public Education in RI (blog post)
Ken Wagner, Ph.D., Commissioner
We should be concerned with dropouts in Rhode Island, and not only in the 10th grade, 11th grade, and 12th grade. Too many of our students drop out in the 2nd grade, 3rd grade, and 4th grade. They may still attend school, but they disengage because school is not meaningful for them. It doesn’t engage their interests, passions, or concerns. They fall farther and farther behind. They find school to be demoralizing, and they’re just waiting to spring free. But when students are engaged, when they experience school in a way that makes sense to them – you can’t stop them from learning!