Unfortunately this applies to far more boys than girls. Why don't we have more technical programs? We should allow school voucher programs so kids and programs can match up. Massive state spending has done little to make this situation better. Unfortunately much of the problem is social. Lack of fathers and divorce contribute massively to these problems.
An interesting article by Peggy Curran. Mark Steyn recently said that perhaps this trend to hypereducation at enormous cost is starting to show very poor returns on investment. In today's society without a high school degree one can do very little.
The lucky ones will find steady work on a loading dock, haul garbage, scrub floors, shovel snow. It won't be glamorous, creative, or fulfilling, but at least it pays. Others will drift from flipping burgers to stripping hotel beds to manning the cash at the dollar store, making do with whatever work falls their way, for as long as it lasts, or until they eventually wend their way back to a classroom.
Over their lifetimes, each of Quebec's lost boys and girls can expect to earn $440,000 less than the kids in their class who stayed long enough to collect a high-school diploma.
In hard times, these dropouts are more likely than high-school graduates to slip across the poverty line, surrendering even those low-level jobs to someone a rung up the educational totem pole.
More of them than the rest of us will spend time in jail, collect welfare, abuse alcohol and drugs, suffer from clinical depression, even get divorced.
High-school dropouts are less likely to travel to distant lands. They're also less prone to show openness toward the immigrants in their midst, whose children will complete their schooling.
Research also shows Quebecers who drop out of high school are less likely to vote in city, provincial or federal elections, do volunteer work, donate to charities or give blood.