12:19 pm CST - April 13, 2011
Posted under On The Record
Texas Insider Report: AUSTIN, Texas – According to census data, Hispanics now make up 16% of the nation’s population, and 23% of all children under 17, and one out of four Hispanics is living in poverty. To escape the cycle of poverty, Hispanics must focus on education and improve on the roughly 25% national dropout rate, writes Myra Adams at Pajamas Media.
Adams writes that the newly arrived parents need to fully embrace and encourage education for their children to avoid the next generation getting stuck in the low-income cycle.
Pajamas Media columnist Myra Adams examines the 2010 U.S. census numbers in an attempt to uncover the cause behind the poverty rate among the growing population of Hispanics.
Although the growing Hispanic population is generally framed as a Republican problem, Adams points out that it’s an issue neither party can afford to ignore.
Hispanics are voting overwhelmingly Democrat because that party is generally associated with forever increasing government spending to support numerous programs and benefits aimed at helping those at the lower end of the economic scale.
And with the ever-growing national debt, the government can not afford to fund those benefits indefinitely. Currently, young Hispanics do not have the education, a required tool for escaping poverty, to earn higher incomes and free themselves from government dependence.
According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, Hispanic students have the lowest college enrollment rates of any other ethnic group: only 59.3% ever attend, with only slightly more than half actually graduating and fewer than 4% earning advanced degrees.
In a report titled “Low Hispanic Graduation Rates Threaten U.S. Attainment Goals,” the Gates Foundation warns that failure to educate these kids will have dire consequences for the nation’s economy in the future:
“These are the students, who are going to replace the baby boomers, and who we will rely on to drive our economy over the next several decades.”
According to projections, Hispanics will make up 29% of the U.S. population by 2050, and to avoid carrying forward their current 23.8% high school drop out rate, parents need to adjust their attitude:
Developing-world thinking that school is not “work” and therefore not as worthwhile does not compute in America, where more school leads to better work.