Center for Puerto Rican Studies, Hunter College, CUNY, CEN_LOR_B34F22_276
Excerpt from "Hispanics and Education: Research Findings," Hispanic Policy Development Project, 1001 Connecticut Avenue N.W. Suite 310, Washington, DC 20036, ca. 1988.
In the 1980s, 45% of Mexican and Puerto Rican students did not finish high school, compared to 17% of non-Hispanic whites. What factors do you think contributed to this high dropout rate among Mexicans and Puerto Ricans?
What percent of Hispanic students dropped out of high school?
In what five states did most Hispanics live in 1988?
Describe the schools most Hispanic students attend.
Why do you think unemployment among Hispanics is so high?
Complete a research project using information from the Census Bureau, as well as from the National Council of LaRaza, to find and compare changes that have occurred in education in the Latino community since the 1980s.
Locate a map of the Latino population in the United States created since the 2000 census. Work in teams to produce charts of states and populations made up of Spanish-speaking groups. Compare with the Hispanic population in 1988.
Take a poll of students who are employed while going to high school. Report the statistics and reasons why they work.
Math: Make a series of bar graphs comparing Hispanic educational statistics from 1988 with those of today.
English Language Arts: Write an article describing educational opportunities and accomplishments of Hispanic students at your high school over the past twenty years.