Because an American’s financial stability and professional achievement have primarily depended on his educational attainment, obtaining a high school diploma significantly enhances an American’s potential to build a solid foundation for achieving professional success (Shore, 2003). “High school graduation captures both the cognitive and the non-cognitive attributes that are important for success in adulthood, and it is usually a minimum requirement for engaging in further training and higher education” (Levin, 2009, p. 8). Earning a high school diploma generally constitutes the initial step one takes to begin to successfully secure higher education. Higher education, in turn, characteristically stimulates and enhances the number of opportunities one receives in their chosen profession.
A student who does not graduate from high school encounters increasing challenges in securing employment with the increasingly competitive market and the ongoing recession narrowing his potential prospects even more. According to a U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (2010a) report, in January of 2010, “thirty states and the District of Columbia recorded over-the-month unemployment rate increases, 9 states registered rate decreases, and 11 states had no rate change.” Another report released in July 2010 purports that despite the current federal administration’s campaign to control the onslaught of an economic depression, the unemployment rate has not changed across all states; remaining at 9.50%. ...Show more