They pointed to a White House report published in April which states that less than 50% of Latino children are enrolled in pre-school; just 50% earn their high school diploma on time and, those who do are only half as likely as their peers to be prepared for college. Just 13% have a degree.
Latinos are the youngest and fastest growing group in the country. The community makes up 16% of the population now and will account for 29% of the population by 2050. With these numbers, the United States is in for big world of hurt if the education challenge facing Latinos is not addressed head-on.
The unique problems facing the Latino community today as highlighted by the authors are:
- Difficulty of accessing high quality schooling
- Language barrier
- Hispanic mothers have far less education than their counterparts in other ethnic groups
- Formal education is not as much of a priority in Latin America as it is in the US
- Parents not pushing their children to succeed or intimidated by the school system
- Undocumented parents are reluctant to access the full range of support services available for their children out of fear of the authorities
With the Hispanic American population expected to account for 29% of the American population by 2050, President Obama is right when he says,
"This is not just a Latino problem; this is an American problem. We've got to solve it because if we allow these trends to continue, it won't just be one community that falls behind - we will all fall behind together."
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