The shocker statistic:
77 percent of inmates in the state and federal prisons across the nationa do not have a high school diploma, accordig to a 2003 report by the U.S. Department of Justice.
The statistic puts hard numbers on the notion of "high risk".
Jail is expensive. School is less expensive. For our society a policy of indifference towards drop outs, a focus purely on "opportunity" instead of outcomes, an attitude that your success or failure is purely your own problem, is a recipe for more crime, bigger prison bills and economic stagnation for a significant share of our population that could be helping this nation to thrive economically instead.
Not all chores are fun, and the chores that are least fun tend to get put off. It isn't fun to roll up your sleeves, spend money and butt into someone's life in an effort to get someone whose failing in school on track. It is much easier to focus on the fun opportuntities, the kids who are going to national science fars and honors programs and magnet schools. But, if you don't do the chores, things start to fall apart.
Not every kid needs to be on the college track, but no kid should be on the jailhouse track.