« on: April 30, 2007, 08:28:35 PM »
I can agree with you on this because the argument I used to use for those asians that are immigrants are those who could afford to come over here or were blessed enough/motivated to come over here and those individuals HAD to make it. I believe that same idea can be used for the other minorities. Many come over here and begin working hard trying to earn an income for them and their families back home in their homeland.
So then that would almost make the problem entirely AMerican AND have it directly reflect class. America's lack of emphasis on the educational system and how even in their "No Child Left Behind" mantra, many are disregarded and neglected and how our math and science skills are behind other countries.
I dunno, education is one of passions and it greatly disturbs me when I think that many of peoples do just throw away their opportunity for success. At my University our Male retention rate for AA males was 29%, We graduated them at a %3% over a 6 year period. That aint good. In Columbus, Cincinnati, and Cleveland the high school graduation for the inner cities were 53%, 34% & 51%, respectively.
I just looked up some educational statistics, because it is not something that has been a significant focus for me. However, the numbers are certainly indicate a serious problem. Now that you have explained a bit more, I see how you are arriving at the conclusion that the problem is an American one and often a reflection of class. To me, it seems like the issue is multifaceted. But what do you feel is the main cause? For minority groups and everyone on a whole?