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The Social Cost of Poorly Educated Minorities in the U. S.

There is no doubt I am a Hispanic rooted person and everything related to the minorities in this country really engages me. I still have trouble understanding how state and federal governments spend a good portion of their budgetary dollars in education, yet even the efficacy of the Department of Education is now seen as a heresy.

Many voices are to listen to education reform and any politician, no matter whether this is Duncan or any Democrat or Republican who merely pretends to curb those dollars is entitled to not wanting to invest in education. But we need results throughout the country, and quickly.

Joseph Phillips of The Daily Caller has a point about the education of Black and Hispanic population (emphases is ours):

    These are not students failing because they do not have access to the internet or don’t have Olympic-sized swimming pools. The sad fact is that the report demonstrates that middle-class black boys are scoring about as well as poor white boys. These are students who are not proficient in the basics of math and English.

    The social cost of this failure is not to be underestimated.

    Half of these students will drop out of high school; lacking a high school diploma and being functionally illiterate will qualify them for manual labor, which is steadily in the decline. They will join the ranks of the chronically unemployed; many of these men will make a life hustling on the streets and eventually become involved in the criminal justice system. Criminal records will make these men more unemployable, which will make it even more unlikely that they will have the financial means to support the children they father. It is a hellish cycle that will repeat generation after generation.

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  1. A lot of politicians don't understand the hellish cycle that you have described. Cutting school funding doesn't just result in fewer books in a classroom. Cutting funding means more students finding the streets as a viable alternative. We as a nation need to understand this and place more value on our education.

    Jobs in the agriculture and manufacturing industries and slowly depleting, which means higher demand for educated individuals will only increase. Something has to be done soon.