by Libby Juliá Vázquez
he Pew Hispanic Center, a nonpartisan research organization, released the report “Hispanics, High School Dropouts and the GED.” The report finds that 41% of Hispanic adults age 20 and older in the United States do not have a regular high school diploma, compared with 23% of black adults and 14% of white adults.
The differences were notable within Hispanics born in the U.S. versus those born outside of the U.S; about 52 percent of those born outside of the U.S. are high school dropouts, compared with 25 percent of those U.S> born.
In regards to a second chance at furthering an education that the General Educational Development (GED) can provide, of all Hispanic drop-outs only 5% of those born outside of the U.S. have a GED compared to 21% of U.S. born drop-outs.
The report also found the following in regards to unemployment in relation to high school education:
- As of 2008, Hispanic adults with a GED had a higher unemployment rate than Hispanic adults with a high school diploma – 9% versus 7%.
- However, Hispanic full-time, full-year workers with a GED had about the same mean annual earnings ($33,504) as Hispanics full-time, full-year workers with a high school diploma ($32,972).
The findings in this study make it evident that Hispanics have an educational crisis on their hands. Bt it doesn’t just affect the Hispanic community, it affects the future of America as a whole.
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