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ERIC Number: ED414109
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1997
Pages: 10
Abstractor: N/A
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And This, Amigos, Is (Again)? the Decade of the Hispanic!
Bonilla, Carlos A.
The U.S. Hispanic population is increasing faster than the non-Hispanic White population, and during the first half of the 21st century, the United States will have a "minority majority." California will reach that status in the next 4-7 years. Focus should not be on the "threat" that Latino population growth brings, hoping to return to a Whiter time, but rather on finding rational solutions to the problems that will ensue when the minority group becomes the country's majority. Latino children form the second largest group of U.S. children but are undereducated. About one-third of high school dropouts are Hispanic, and Hispanics are well below national averages in reading proficiency, writing performance, mathematics proficiency, and SAT scores. Causes of low educational attainment among Hispanics include poverty, limited English proficiency, migration, gang affiliation, high teen pregnancy rates, poor health, and fear of violence in schools. Suggested solutions include enhancing parental involvement in children's education, training teachers to be more sensitive to the needs of children from other cultures, teaching parents the importance of their children's education, making curriculum more relevant to today's students, and recognizing that Latinos fall into at least five well differentiated groups ranging from poor migrant workers to third-generation middle-class Mexican Americans. Includes tables and graphs of demographic and educational data. (TD)
Publication Type: Information Analyses; Numerical/Quantitative Data; Opinion Papers
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Language: English
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