The reason that schools so concerned with how many students drop out isn’t the welfare of the students, but money. How much money a school receives depends on the number of students it has–and the more students, the more $$$.
If schools were truly concerned about the welfare of students, they’d let students who want to drop out do so. Students who are in school simply because they are required to be are doing a disservice to themselves, students who do want to be in school, and teachers. Students who stay in school when they want to drop out are often bored and disruptive. This requires teachers to spend time disciplining these students–time that should be spent teaching core academics.
Lest you think that it’s in the student’s best interests to stay in school, think again. Education is not a one size fits all endeavor. Some students breeze through school and graduate ahead of their age peers, while others take longer–and others are best taking “breaks” in the form of time away from school. Schools need to recognize this. Likewise, education is the responsibility of the student and his parents–not the education system, and least of all, not the government’s. Sooner or later, school dropouts will realize the error of their ways and enroll in GED courses or an adult high school.