Immigrant teens are happy achievers

Immigrant teenagers take higher-level math and science classes than native-born students from similar socioeconomic backgrounds, concludes a new study by sociologists at Johns Hopkins University. As young adults, the immigrants are better educated and score higher on a test of psychological well-being. (Yes, we’re talking about Hispanic immigrants too, not just Asians.)

The American-born children of immigrants also do better, though the difference isn’t as great.

This bodes well for the workforce of the future, since “a quarter of American children are the offspring of immigrants,” writes Daniel Akst in the Wall Street Journal.

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  1. Florida resident says:

    Dear Joanne Jacobs !
    Thank you for providing the reference above to the “study” by Lingxin Hao and Han S. Woo from Johns Hopkins University.

    While it is difficult to digest the material instantaneously,
    I want to point at the following feature of the “study”.

    Authors introduce these categories into consideration:
    1.5 generation,
    2nd generation,
    Black,
    Hispanic,
    Asian,
    Female,
    Age at 9th grade,
    Parental education,
    Two-parent family,
    Public school,
    School attendance,
    School class size.

    May I ask you (and authors):
    were there white or males in this study ?

    If yes, then why did not they deserve special categories ?

    With respectful greetings, your F. r.

  2. Michael E. Lopez says:

    Finding out that, through your hard work, you’ve gained real, measurable skill and having the satisfaction of doing good work does wonders for one’s happiness.

  3. Florida resident says:

    Just have bought (via Amazon)

    Our School: The Inspiring Story of Two Teachers,
    One Big Idea, and the School That Beat the Odds
    by
    Joanne Jacobs.

    I am looking forward to read it.
    Your F. r.

    • J.D. Salinger says:

      We all wait with baited breath for your review, Hansen or whatever your Florida name is.

  4. Wow, J.D., are you one of those guys/girls that put down everyone constantly and called everyone and everything “dumb” and “stupid” when you were young? Because you sure sound like it.

  5. Not surprising results. My brother and I were immigrants in the 1950′s–we worked hard in school and did well. Yes, I think that status helped to motivate us.

    • Florida resident says:

      Dear Ms. Freedman !
      I am happy to hear that you and your brother did well during the last 50 years, and I am sure that high motivation made important contribution to the success of both of you.

      There is no special category in the “study”
      by Lingxin Hao and Han S. Woo from Johns Hopkins University,
      which would show Ashkenazim as a group,
      separate from others.

      It would be interesting to find out, what would be the results for that gorup.

      Your truly, Florida resident.

  6. Florida resident says:

    Charles Murray:
    http://www.aei-ideas.org/2012/10/when-will-the-feds-admit-that-they-havent-got-a-clue-about-k-12-education/

    From there:
    “… Congress should have to explain why the famous definition of insanity, doing the same thing over and over in hopes of a different result, doesn’t apply to them.”

  7. JD, the word is “bated.”