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“Dropouts” Drop In: Re-Visualizing The “Dropout” Stereotype, Rondi Silva Jun 2016

“Dropouts” Drop In: Re-Visualizing The “Dropout” Stereotype, Rondi Silva

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“Dropouts” Drop In aims to challenge conventional views of both “dropping out” and “dropouts.” When young people “drop out” of high school, they open themselves up to a world of negative assumptions and blame, which are directed at them from the outside and are also deeply internalized. Young people are constantly messaged that “dropping out,” or being a “dropout” is at best a bad choice and at worst something akin to being a criminal. Lost in this messaging is that in reality “dropping out” of high school is often a positive move out of untenable social and educational situations and ...