Many schools across the country are facing a comparable problem when it comes to keeping students and teachers motivated to stay in school. Part of the problem is the constant pressure put on test score results, and even if it's a precise method of measuring student performance. Another piece of that dilemma is the reduction of funds for public education, which has seen billions of dollars lost and teachers losing jobs, and schools left with large classrooms and elimination of programs.
The race to get to the top of education was left in the hands of the No Child Left Behind policy that has students and teachers wondering if it should be No Child Left On Their Behind. That problem is striving to keep students at their desks and teachers in front of the classroom and not finding other jobs that are more enticing.
Students who skip school seem to align with an ongoing issue that has to do with boredom or classes and subjects that they just don't like. In many cases, that means hanging out with friends appears to be more important. But, there are underlying factors such as, bullying, family obligations, testing and a new idea that school starts too early, which seems not to fit in with the student's biological clock. Research is hard at work to prove that getting a later start will improve interest in school.
Teachers are facing a similar problem and each year the test score evaluation has caused them to leave school. Filter in the loss of budget money and educational policy and teachers are leaving or being eliminated from their teaching positions. Education has been in a fight for respect from parents, and the ongoing attack on teachers leaves the teachers on their own to fight for support from the administration. The lack of budget aid means that many teachers reach in their own pockets for supplies.
In the perfect world, to cure this issue parents should encourage their children to attend school, school budgets receive more funding, teachers would be evaluated fairly and the administration would be able to keep high quality teachers. The bottom line is the importance of standardized testing and what it means for evaluation. This process is a work in progress and common ground must be met, and the empty classroom seats and a teacher to lead the students are in the hands of corporations and governmental agencies to decide the future of education.