Starting school at age seven—some claim—would be better: Part 3 of 5

25 Sep

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Comparing the on-time high school graduation rate by race for the entire United States shows a truth many may not want to admit.  And before you blame it on racism and discrimination consider that Asian-Americans are a minority with a history of brutal discrimination in the United States, but that discrimination has not held them back from achieving academic success.

The Asian-American on-time high school graduation rate was 93.5% in 2010 [Source:]
For Whites: 83%
Hispanics: 71.4%
Blacks: 66.1%

Next, a look at the Hispanic/Latino culture:

If we look closer it is easy to discover the cultural differences between the average family values of Hispanic and Blacks in America when it comes to literacy and education, and it has nothing to do with racism or discrimination.

Only parents can make sure that the TV is turned off and homework gets done.

 For example, Inside reports that Mexican youth have the highest dropout rate in New York City. “Mexicans are both the fastest growing and youngest major ethnic group in New York City, with nearly half under the age of 25. Yet only 37 percent of the city’s Mexican population, ages 16-24, are enrolled in school…”

Why the high dropout rate among Mexican students in NYC?  All we have to do is look at Mexico for a powerful example that demonstrates how the average family values an education in this culture. “High-school graduation rates therefore provide a good indication of whether a country is preparing its students to meet the minimum requirements of the job market. In Mexico, 36% of adults aged 25-64 have earned the equivalent of a high-school degree, much lower than the OECD average of 74%.” Source: oecd better life

Regarding Latin America and the Caribbean, says, “By the time these students reach the 6th grade, 20% will still be functionally illiterate. … Many factors contribute to the low literacy rates, but primarily disorganized schools and poorly trained teachers. … When children cannot read, it limits their ability to learn other subjects such as math or science and also impacts their ability to participate in society in the long run.”

If people are not taught to value education in their home countries before they immigrate to the United States, why should that attitude change after they arrive in America?

Continued on September 26, 2013 in Starting school at age seven—some claim—would be better: Part 4 or return to Part 2

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Lloyd Lofthouse is a former U.S. Marine and Vietnam Veteran.

His latest novel is the award winning Running with the Enemy. Blamed for a crime he did not commit while serving in Vietnam, his country considers him a traitor. Ethan Card is a loyal U.S. Marine desperate to prove his innocence or he will never go home again.

And the woman he loves and wants to save was trained to kill Americans.

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2 responses to “Starting school at age seven—some claim—would be better: Part 3 of 5

  1. spytheweb

    June 25, 2014 at 03:18

    “Mexicans abhor education. In their country, illiteracy dominates. As they arrive in our country, only 9.6 percent of fourth generation Mexicans earn a high school diploma. Mexico does not promote educational values. This makes them the least educated of any Americans or immigrants. The rate of illiteracy in Mexico stands at 63 percent.”

    • Lloyd Lofthouse

      June 25, 2014 at 06:24

      I know that only one-third of Mexico’s population earns a HS degree but this is much worse than I thought. And now the Obama administration and his puppet, Arne Duncan, are punishing public school teachers in the United States for problems they have no power over. For twenty-seven of the thirty years I was a school teacher I taught in schools that had high Latino student populations in addition to high poverty rates and the most difficult children to motivate to attempt to learn were mostly from Mexico. Many of them hated being in school, hated teachers, hated books, hated homework, hated school work and made sure to punish their teachers everyday.

      Recently, I released “Crazy is Normal”, my memoir of one of those years where I documented everything that was going on in my classroom through a daily journal, and it’s obvious it wasn’t the teacher’s fault these kids don’t learn or do well on standardized tests. Getting them to even bring a piece of paper to class was a challenge let alone spend a few second to write their name on one.


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