Hispanics go farther in high school, college

Young Hispanics are much more likely to complete high school and enroll in college, usually community college. However, college graduation rates remain low.

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  1. Katie Jones says:

    Oh, I didn’t know that. Where did you find this information?

  2. In looking at current expectations of at-risk/low SES kids, it might be helpful to remember that past immigrant groups who arrived with little education did not usually see their kids jump to college graduates within one generation. It was more common for the kids to graduate from HS and work as mechanics, plumbers, cabinetmakers, hairdressers, secretaries and practical nurses (LPNs). It was more often their kids who went to college. My FIL was the principal of the technical HS which prepared many of these kids – who graduated with knowledge and skills valued by employers. There’s nothing wrong with the pattern, as long as it is the kids and families who are making the choice; as opposed to being denied some choices, based on race, ethnic status or immigrant status. (unless legal vs. illegal)

    There should be no question, however, that admission to programs (college prep or vocational) is – and should be – dependent on the individual student’s preparation, knowledge and skills. Both kids and parents should know this from school entry, so that students can work to meet the admission requirements of their preferred path.