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Young Latinos are falling behind; it could be perceived. What will that do for our future.
YET I CAN'T get too worked up, because a recent Pew Research Center study shows that the percentage of Latinos (of both genders) who are attending college is on the rise, as it is for just about all racial and ethnic groups.
That is a plus, except to the ideologue types who will want to perceive it as some sort of threat to their station in life. Which is truly sad!
For the record, the alleged threat is that of Latinas who go straight on to college, the tally is 76 percent. That compares to the men, of whom 63 percent continue their education beyond high school.
That is a 13 percent gap. Horrors!!!!!
EXCEPT THAT THE Pew study shows that back in 1994, it was 52 percent of both Latinas and Latinos who continued their education. I see a significant boost, particularly for the women -- which is what ultimately will keep our ethnic brethren from lagging behind in the future.
Besides, it seems that for everybody, the number of women who continue their education without a break is higher than that of men.
In fact, for white people, the percentages are 72 percent for women and 62 percent for men -- almost identical to the Latino tallies.
Not that I'm saying we've caught up to them. Seventy-six percent of Latinas continuing their education without a break is far less people than 72 percent of young white women.
ALTHOUGH IT IS a little step now toward an ultimate goal of inclusion within society -- one that won't be possible if education levels don't continue to rise.
Of course, the Pew study also points out that much of this is due to the fact that the number of Latinos in the public school systems across the country are on the rise.
Some 25 percent of public school students in 2012 were Latino (of both genders), compared to only 14 percent in 1994.
Yet another figure that is determined to increase as we progress further into the 21st Century.