Skip to comments.Education Sec. to Probe Why Young Black and Hispanic Men Are ‘Less Successful’ in the Job Market
Posted on 05/12/2014 5:18:14 PM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet
Secretary of Education Arne Duncan on Monday will host an Internet discussion aimed at uncovering why young black and Hispanic men are less successful in the job market and in school, and what causes encounters between them and law enforcement.
The discussion is part of President Barack Obamas My Brothers Keeper initiative, which the administration announced in February. That initiative created a task force including Duncan as education secretary, and is meant to develop proposals to enhance positive outcomes and eliminate or reduce negative ones for young black and Hispanic men.
In his February announcement, Obama said many groups have recognized that persistent gaps in employment, educational outcomes, and career skills remain for many boys and young men of color throughout their lives. He said many of these boys and men are behind both in school and in job training, and said underemployed or incarcerated men undermines family and community stability and is a drag on state and federal budgets.
Duncans discussion on Monday afternoon will focus on jobs, the criminal justice system and education.
On jobs, Duncan plans to ask participants the biggest reason why these young men are less successful in the job market than other young people. Suggested answers are insufficient education or skills, inadequate connections or networking, or employer stereotypes.
On the issue of criminal justice, Duncan will ask what cause interactions by boys and young men of color with the juvenille/criminal justice system. Suggested answers here include exposure to violence, a lack of positive influences, and biased law enforcement.
And on education, Duncan will ask how to improve education, and suggests the need for a more engaging curriculum, improved teacher quality, early access to college-level work, and increased collaboration between schools, families and communities.
Duncan will also ask how to improve the graduation rate, and proposes more financial aid, lower college costs, and better guidance when applying to college as possible answers. It also proposes shorter pathways to a high wage career, and a culturally relevant educational environment as other possible answers.
It's my fault. I'm keeping them all down.
You must be awfully powerful.
More single parent homes.
More family with very little education who don’t value education.
More family members that don’t work and play the system. it is hard to go start in the market at minimum wage when you can get more in pay and benefits by being on the dole.
That is my opinion for starters.
Well, I work out a lot.
I know! I know! Pick me!
No it is my fault. My skin is whiter.
What we need is a 15 trillion dollar study.
Or we could just go with the obvious answer and save the money.
You’ve nailed it.
And, not all black and hispanic young job seekers flame out in today’s world of work.
ship them whites back to Europe
uncovering why young black and Hispanic men are less successful in the job market
How about uncovering this stunning revelation: many young black and Hispanic men don't get to school or to interviews or to jobs on time. Many do not know how to set a clock, whether it's a wind-up or an iPod. The concept of "time" is murky and inexact in their minds.
I know this because a well-heeled, well-organized grad student I know volunteered at a job center in a "disadvantaged" neighborhood. He was amazed at how far back into basics he had to go to get these "young men" operational.
Can’t be the (union) teachers. I just heard that only 4 in 10 high school graduates are proficient at reading. But those union teachers in the cities are great! It’s white people for sure.
I sure hope they’re willing to accept the truth. Young black and hispanic men need their FATHERS in the home, while they’re growing up. And young women need their fathers, as well, so they won’t fall into early sexual activity, thus into single motherhood, thus into poverty.
The average IQ of 85 might have something to do with it.
THE MAN!! The Man is keepin’ them down even though they have loads of affirmative action preferences in edumacation and hiring.
Maybe the education sec. needs to look up the definition of the word "culture"?
I can't imagine what causes those encounters. I'll ask some experts.
Nope, no clue. Even the most celebrated minority criminals and their supporters have no idea what causes encounters between young black males and law enforcement.
As far as I can tell, Hispanic men are having no trouble finding jobs.