There is a simple indicator for a poor economy. Better than the unemployment rate. Better than the housing market. Simply put, when was the last time you bought underwear? When times are tough, the last thing you are going to spend money on is a new pair of boxers. That simple question leads to a simple answer. The fewer boxers/briefs being sold, the worse off the economy.
There are also simple indicators of a student’s likelihood of finishing school or dropping out. Instead of one simple question, there are three.
- Does that student show up on a regular basis?
- Do they stay out of trouble when they are in school?
- How are their grades in Math and ELA?
By asking those simple questions we can tell as early as the 6th grade when a student is going to drop out of school. The real question for those of us asking those questions are, what are we going to do about it?