Latinos are getting their learn on.
From the Pew Hispanic Center:
“For the first time, the number of 18- to 24-year-old Hispanics enrolled in college exceeded 2 million and reached a record 16.5% share of all college enrollments. Hispanics are the largest minority group on the nation’s college campuses, a milestone first achieved last year (Fry, 2011). But as their growth among all college-age students continues to outpace other groups, Hispanics are now, for the first time, the largest minority group among the nation’s four-year college and university students. And for the first time, Hispanics made up one-quarter (25.2%) of 18- to 24-year-old students enrolled in two-year colleges.”
Not only that, but the Pew Hispanic Center also found that Latinos now make up one out of every four children in the K-12 public school system.
More than the group’s sheer population growth, the rising number of young Latinos receiving a good education augurs future success for the Latino community.
“Education,” said Horace Mann, “is the great equalizer of the conditions of men.” Monumental thinkers from Plato to John Adams have agreed. A good education places a person on equal footing with any king or duke or silver-spooned hedge fund manager. In fact, knowledge provides more security to a person’s well-being than money, because while a love of money has left countless would-be millionaires penniless, a love of learning never left a would-be professor destitute of thought.
Above all, and perhaps more crucial for Latinos, a decent education provides the tools for better understanding the world outside and inside yourself. “Master yourself,” an old proverb tells us, “and you will master the world.” Education is the mother of opportunity, especially in America — which makes our failing education system such a travesty. Knowledge allows an individual to see the socioeconomic ladder clearly and gives them the strength to climb it; ignorance, on the other hand, keeps people in the fog we’re born into — they may sense a ladder in front of them, but they can’t see it, much less climb it.
More than the lagging economy, more than immigration reform, resurrecting America’s moribund education system must be top priority for the Latino community. If we commit to enriching ourselves through knowledge, it will prove to be a panacea — making us higher in our minds, and our obstacles seemingly lower.