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Read Rodney's story and
then rank the reasons why Rodney will likely drop out of school.
Rodney Young is a 17 year
old African American man who has just moved to Washington state from
Los Angeles. Rodney didn't want to move to Washington, but he did due
to family problems.
Rodney's father had recently
died of liver poisoning. Rodney and his mother took it really hard.
Rodney's mother began drinking heavily, became quite depressed and as
a result lost her job. Rodney began hanging around the wrong crowd and
began shoplifting and breaking into cars. He had had three arrests and
with his 18th birthday just three weeks away, Rodney's mother made arrangements
for him to go live with her sister in a small town in Washington. She
could see that the Rodney was headed for trouble in Los Angeles.
Life in the small Washington
town seemed slow and boring compared to life in Los Angeles. Rodney
and his relatives were one of the very few African American families
in the community. Rodney missed his old friends and spent a lot of time
talking to them on the phone.
School was boring to Rodney.
He didn't see the use of studying history and literature. What did those
subjects have to do with real life? People at his school were friendly
toward Rodney but kept their distance. One day the counselor pulled
Rodney into her office to talk to him about his future. Rodney said
he wanted to be a mechanic, but that school wasn't getting him anywhere.
The counselor urged him to stick it out. Only seven more months to go.
Lately Rodney has been missing
a lot of school. He met an older guy and they hit it off. Rodney has
been spending a lot of time at his house goofing off. Rodney wants to
go back to L.A. even though he realizes that there is nothing there
for him except trouble. He thinks Seattle might work out, but doesn't
know anyone there. The counselor called his house recently. She seemed
nice. Rodney can't decide whether or not to call her back.
Rank the following six
reasons as to why Rodney may drop out of school in order of importance
(one being the most important).
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