I think what happens to drop outs is for whatever reason, school confronts them with a choice in their education.
Give up whatever you’ve developed; ideas, thoughts, attitudes, experiences, and continue being educated.
Or hold onto them and drop out.
And for whatever reason, the dropout says, “I’d rather hold on to what I have, and if I go further I’ll lose it.”
And sometimes the results are magnificent, and sometimes not so much, but very often the student who graduates at every level, and maybe much more often than the drop out says.
“Well, it never mattered much what I had to begin with, even if it’s what I learned in school.”
And I imagine the really greatest students find a way to do both.
Which is astounding.