The recruitment problems facing Columbus (Ohio) Public Schools--namely a shortage of qualified math and science teachers and a lack of minority role models--are a nearly universal challenge. The Columbus solution? Tap into internal resources.
When I was in seventh grade, I remember excelling in math and liking writing. As I progressed through high school, my ability in math hit a wall around the time of calculus, but my writing skills continued to improve.
Dropping out of school is a young person's way of "divorcing" the school system. The decision to drop out, like the decision to divorce, doesn't happen in a day. Studies suggest it is the cumulative result of a series of events and circumstances.