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From: Mindy Long (e-mail her)
Re: Steve Sailer`s Blog: A Triumph of Assimilation
From the Associated Press story Steve Sailer that wrote about in his blog:
"`Aspirations for higher education are very strong among Hispanics, but there is a yawning discrepancy between aspirations and actual attainment,` said Richard Fry, an education researcher at the Pew Hispanic Center. [87 % of Hispanics Value Higher Education; 13 % Have College Degree, by Ricardo Alonso-Zaldivar and Trevor Tompson, Associated Press, July 30, 2010]
This is the same old annoying tripe. Sure, "aspirations" are high. Ask Hispanic students and their parents if they value education and the immediate reply is "Yes, it`s the most important thing."
But the same students can`t turn their reports in on time or make an effort to get an afternoon tutor.
As for the parents, they never have time to follow up on a suggestion that they volunteer in the classroom. I don`t know why—most aren`t working.
To those Hispanic students who the system is loaded against them, I recommend they stop looking for excuses and start working harder.