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ERIC Number: EJ849978
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009-Jun-11
Pages: 2
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 0
ISSN: ISSN-1557-5411
On Hispanic Education--Progress and Stagnation: 25 Years of Hispanic Achievement
Gandara, Patricia
Diverse: Issues in Higher Education, v26 n9 p37-38 Jun 2009
The author reports both the progress and stagnation of Hispanic education on its 25th year of Hispanic achievement. The focus is on the need to understand and address the gap in Hispanic male achievement. For the past 25 years, Chicanas consistently out-perform Chicanos at every level of schooling. Most recent statistics (2006) show that 73 percent of Latinas 18-24 years of age have graduated from high school compared to just 63 percent of Latinos, and 4.2 percent of all bachelor's degrees go to females versus 2.6 percent for males. While it is certainly cause for celebration that Latinas are making progress, it is nonetheless tremendously worrisome that Latino males have made so little and that the group as a whole continues to be so seriously underrepresented. Today, 15 percent of the population is Hispanic (though one in five K-12 public students is) and yet both males and females are receiving fewer than 7 percent of the college degrees, with males receiving only about 60 percent as many as females. It is now Hispanic males who seem to be struggling to pass through the biblical eye of the needle. The author stresses that there is an urgent need to understand and address this new demographic challenge, for the sake of the men, the women, and the nation.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Opinion Papers
Education Level: Higher Education
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Language: English
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