“I'm a living example of it,” he said.
The national high school graduation rate stood at 78.2 percent in 2010, up from 71.7 percent in 2001, according to a recent study from Johns Hopkins University.
The fact that nearly one high school student in four doesn't graduate is worrisome, Sereno said, and it points to a need for improvement in the way we educate students. Graduating students and building interest in science-related fields is critical for the nation's continued survival, he said.
“We have to do something different,” he said.
Sereno will speak at 5 p.m. Sunday at OCU's Sarkeys Law Center, NW 23 and Kentucky Avenue. The lecture is open to the public.