Important focus on struggling teens

Last modified: 5/4/2012 12:00:00 AM
I've offered extra credit to my psychology students at Granite State College if they attend a film that is coming May 20 to the Red River Theatres in Concord. It's called Who Cares About Kelsey? and it explores the problems of one particular teenager in Somersworth who struggles to complete high school as do many other teenagers.

But in Kelsey's case, filmmaker Dan Habib is examining some educational approaches that might help these kids to succeed. Previously Habib investigated the challenges for a bright child - his son, Samuel - with cerebral palsy, in a documentary called Including Samuel, which I've shown to my psychology classes.

How lucky we are to have a filmmaker like Habib. The more attention we can give to finding solutions to our terrifyingly high school dropout rate, the better. New Hampshire's dirty little secret in the past was a dropout rate of 20 percent. We're at about 11 percent now (with some going on to complete a GED), which is a huge improvement. But we need to do much better, and I hope the attention of Habib's documentary will improve this situation.



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