ERIC Number: ED284713
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1987-Apr-25
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Hispanic Cultural Survival and Academic Achievement: A Partnership That Works.
Rivera, Manuel G.
The life of Benito Juarez--who broke all odds to achieve academically, politically, and socially--serves proof that Hispanics can achieve without sacrificing their cultural heritage. The current educational achievement of Hispanics in California and elsewhere in the nation is a matter for serious consideration. Nearly 50% of all Hispanics enrolled in high schools will not graduate. Of those who graduated in 1983, fewer than 5% were eligible to enroll in the University of California, and less than 15% were eligible for the California State University. National statistics (1982) showed that of the Hispanic population that graduated from high school, 22% entered college, 7% completed college, 4% entered graduate or professional school, and 2% completed professional and graduate school. The relationship between income and educational status is well established, but it should be noted that in California ethnic minorities earn disproportionately low incomes even with the same amount of education. A longitudinal study conducted by the Department of Education shows the lasting, adverse consequences for those who earn grades of less than "C" or who leave school without graduating. On the occasion of the Cinco de Mayo celebration, Hispanics should commit themselves to the partnership of cultural survival and academic achievement. (JHZ)
Descriptors: Academic Achievement, Cultural Awareness, Cultural Background, Dropout Characteristics, Dropout Rate, Economic Factors, Education Work Relationship, Educational Attainment, Educational Status Comparison, Elementary Secondary Education, Ethnicity, Higher Education, Hispanic American Culture, Hispanic Americans
Publication Type: Information Analyses; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Identifiers - Location: California