Skip to comments.Raising Latino Achievement Seen as 'Demographic Imperative'
Posted on 06/08/2012 5:56:23 AM PDT by reaganaut1
By 2020, one in four children enrolled in America's K-12 public schools will be Latino.
Of those Latino students, more than half will be second-generation Americans, born in the United States to at least one parent who is an immigrant. Another third will be at least third-generation Americans, the children of parents who were also born in this country, according to projections from the Pew Hispanic Center, a Washington-based research organization. The remainder will be immigrants themselves, though they will be part of a diminishing stream of young Latinos moving to the United States from Spanish-speaking countries.
With such strong and growing numbers, the educational achievement of this diverse community of studentswho increasingly live in states and communities where Latinos were virtually nonexistent even a decade agohas implications for the national economy, local labor markets, and prospects for upward social mobility for millions of Hispanic Americans.
To meet President Barack Obama's goal of making the United States the world leader in the share of college graduates by 2020, more than half of the 9 million postsecondary degrees it will take to reach that target must be earned by Latinos, says José A. Rico, the executive director of the White House Initiative on Educational Excellence for Hispanics.
"The president has made it very clear that the future of our country is at stake if we don't provide a quality education to our Latino students," Rico says.
But right nowjust eight years before President Obama's deadlineeducational outcomes for Latino students lag behind those of most major ethnic and racial groups by many of the most critical measures. That's despite some modest gains in recent years and robust efforts to drive down dropout rates for all of the nation's most vulnerable students.
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About 1/3 of the Latinos in the US are here illegally. All these projections assume the entire Latino population will remain here. If we ever enforced our laws, the projections would look very different.
Making them fluent in English is the #1 key to greater academic achievement. Yet there is increasingly resistance to this.
My grand daughters’ schools are more than half Latino, almost none speak English, the reverse actually, Americans are being taught Spanish. My daughter and SIL just built a new house far away from there.
These aren’t second generation, third or anything like that; they’re 1st generation anchor babies of illegal alien parents, and they are choking our schools, hospitals, services and largess.
...we will need many and better paid teachers, more money spent on colleges, and we will need to lower the scholastic requirements for college degrees. /S