“An important pathway to the middle class now runs through higher education, but rising costs are making it harder and harder for ordinary Americans to get the education they want and need” ( Sanders). Many student who’s families can not easily afford the cost of college often do not further their education after high school. Students that know that their family struggles with money already don’t want to ask for more so that they can go to college. As the cost of college has been on the rise many have talked about wanting to provide students with a free college education. Many bring up that the states grant their students with free public education till they complete the twelfth grade.
The Latino community is the most rapidly growing minority group in the United States. However, it is also one of the minority group that have faced many barriers in their educational opportunities throughout its history in this nation. The United States is knowing because of it offers equal opportunities for everyone, yet a poor quality education still exists in many of our Latino community schools. A poor quality education that leads to other issues in the system of education among our Hispanic/Latino students. The dropout rates from high school in the Latino students is very high.
Civic engagement will become incredibly important for the Latino population in America as we seek to enhance our political representation at the local, state, and federal levels. It is no secret that a Latino majority is coming to our great nation. According to the U.S. Census Bureau, in 2014 there were more than 20 million children under 5 years old living in the U.S., and 50.2 percent of them were minorities, mostly Latino. Given these numbers, it is especially troubling that research indicates a low level of civic engagement for Latinos across the nation. Because the number of Latinos in the United States is relatively large and growing, the extent to which Latinos remain less engaged in civic life represents a serious gap in America’s public
Most jobs require workers to possess knowledge, skills, and abilities. “Without workers who have the right foundations, the United States will lose ground to countries that have prepared better for the demands of the 21st century workforce and, ultimately, the United States economy and security will be jeopardized”. (David A. Bergeron and Carmel Martin, "Strengthening Our Economy Through College for All"). Consistently the more people who get the opportunity to go to college, will result in an increase to the amount of new inventions. Does the rising price of college have an impact on innovative individuals?
Even though over the years more minorities have decided to go to college and get a degree, statistically speaking whites are still ahead in most enrolled and graduated in America (graph at the bottom). And it’s not because they’re smarter, it’s because of money. One of the top reasons minorities don’t go to college is because of money to afford to go to college. There’s not much help for minorities, unless you count loans and infinite debt because our debt will keep accumulating until you do leave college and by the time your settled in your career and ready to pay off your loans they would have doubled or tripled by then. One program that does help minorities in being able to go to college is the Gates Millennium scholar program.
For example, A majority of Americans say the higher education system in the United States fails to provide students with good value for the money they and their families spend (Pew social & demographic Trends, is college worth it? (The value of education, 40). If people do pay for college it will be hard to pay for other things as well. For another example, About half say that paying off debt made it harder to pay other bills (Pew social & demographic Trends, is college worth it?) When people pay for college they find it really hard to pay off things like bills and debt.
President Obama has also made substantial improvement in education for the African Americans. National high school drop out rates have been at an all time low, resulting in the high school graduation rate of 81.4% in 2013, the highest it has ever been (NBC, 2015). The decrease in the drop out rate has shown the most improvement in the African American community, with the high school graduation rates between the years 2010-2011 and 2012-2013 increasing from 67% to 70.7% (NCES, 2015). President Obama has increased the quality of education by investing $4 billion in the low-performing school to provide better quality education by enhancing the environment in which the learn in to be safe and secure (White House, 2015). He has also expanded access to college by helping students pay for it.
Ariel Rodríguez acknowledges how important it is to empower the Latino parents with knowledge to help pass down to their children. The Program he mentioned were American Dream Academy which helps the Latino community with information about high education and how important it is. “…the number of individuals who self-identified as Hispanic, Latino, or Spanish in the United States exceeded 50.5 million and is the fastest growing minority group. Yet, only 31.9% of Latinos aged 18 to 24 enroll in college…” (Rodriguez et al. 651).
“A college education is the best investment students could make and college education costs are rising”- Cary Israel. The tuition for college is the biggest investment you could make towards your future, but the cost of a university is becoming a problem. Expenses are rising and out of state tuitions are getting higher. College education cost is a things many people cannot afford and it is effecting there future. Is the price of going into college worth the price?
Juggling school and finding a source of income is a prominent issue amongst undergraduates, and it is one of the main reasons that excessive amounts of undergraduates are dropping out of community college. Of course, anything adding to the dropout rate is a serious issue and should be solved appropriately and quickly. Politicians and other important leaders in the United States of America are implementing laws and bills that will benefit undergraduates who are striving to pay for their education. Tugend writes, “Bills are pending in congressional committees to carry out President Obama’s America’s College Promise proposal to make community colleges free to responsible high school graduates.” These bills will drastically help college students who cannot afford to pay for their education.
For starters, college graduates earn much more money than those with a high school diploma as their highest level of education. According to the article “New School Year, Old Story,” college graduates earned an average of $415 more per week than high school graduates with no college degree (Bureau of Labor Statistics). Also, they earn about 63% more in hourly wages (Five Ways Ed Pays). Finally, as stated in “Actually, College Is Very Much Worth It,” the median weekly earnings of a college graduate are $1038 (Rotherham 80). College
According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the unemployment rate for those with less than a high school diploma is 8% compared to the nations 4.3% unemployment rate. Given that 65% of jobs in the U.S require a at least a college degree, not having a high school diploma would make it difficult to find good jobs. According to pbs.org, Black and Latino students are twice as likely to not graduate from high school as white student’s. Clearly, race
How Latinos historical experiences relate to other groups in Global Pattern of Intergroup Relations? Throughout history, the Latinos has always been in lower chain in the United States. Mexicans or Latinos come to the U.S to have a better working environment where they get pay well enough to care for their families down in Mexico. In the documentary, “The Bracero Program: Harvest of loneliness”, I saw that the Mexicans who come to the U.S to have a better income does not come very easily, here is when Internal Colonialism come in to play. They are payed very low.
I was sitting in the tattoo parlor with my head resting on the black leather chair staring at my mom from the corner of my eye. I could not tell if she wanted to curse everyone in the room or cry, I came to the conclusion that it was it was probably both. In my mom’s words, I was getting a hole drilled into my nose. In my words, it was a nose piercing. This was the biggest fight I’ve ever had with my mom.
The Dream Act Introduction The Development, Relief and Education for Alien Minors Act or more commonly referred to as “The Dream Act”, made its debut as a bill some 16 years ago, during the Bush Administration. In the years passed the bill has been call for several votes but has yet to prevail. There the bill sit waiting to become law. The Dream Act in its original form, contained such language that would provide thousands of immigrant children the opportunity to receive U.S. Residency (a “Green Card”). The Dream Act would have ultimately allowed children born to immigrant/undocumented parents within U.S. boarders the ability to serve in the U.S. military or person a degree in higher education, began a career and even get a driver’s license.