In recent years, education in the United States has slowly decelerated when compared globally. Compared to students in other countries such as China or Germany, American students tend to slack when it comes to their studies. This concerns parents, who want their children to receive the best education offered. Single sex schools have proven to provide this need for a quality education. With only one percent of all schools in America sexually segregated (Whelan), the admissions process can be strenuous; however, as the population of locations these schools continue to increase more students can attend them.
In the school system, the racial segregation continues to become more and more of a problem. Statistically 80% of Latino students and 74% of black students attend schools where 50-100% of the school’s population consists of minorities. Furthermore, 38% of blacks and 43% of Latinos attend schools that are highly segregated, meaning the student population consists of 90% minority students (Orfield 8). Many of these highly segregated schools are also double segregated, meaning that the school has large amounts of students who fall under the government’s poverty line. From 2001 to 2009 the amount of poor students has risen for each racial group.
What 80% of college bound students do expect, however, is a professional occupation after college, compared to only 42% of previous generations (Schneider 5). So, while more people expect to go to college than before, more of those who expect to go to college also expect to be better rewarded for it than students in the 1950s. This is another example of misaligned ambitions, but were the majority of those students successful, it could be overlooked. Instead, what we are finding is that today’s students are not prepared to succeed in a university environment. Only 34% of students who were freshmen in 1989 finished their bachelor’s degree in four years, with an additional 24% finishing in five years.
Introduction This paper examines the struggle African American students are more likely to face at a predominantly white institution (PWIs) than at a historically black college or university (HBCUs). Each author has his or her own take on this hypothesis; most of the author’s studies suggest that African American students have a hard time adjusting to an environment at a PWI (Littleton 2003). However, African American students at HBCUs tend to be at ease with their learning environment. Though many of the author’s agree with one another there are other authors whose studies come to the conclusion that race is not a factor in college education anymore. That being the case on average African American population is approximately four percent at PWIs (Littleton 2003).
Offenders overwhelmingly come from the least educated margin of society (Western and Pettit 2010). Most of the incarceration rate growth stems from young men with very low levels of education (Western and Pettit 2010). In 2008, the incarceration rate of young African American men without a high school degree had risen to thirty-seven percent (Western and Pettit 2010). This rate is even more alarming when compared to the average rate of the general population being 0.76 of 1 percent (Western and Pettit 2010). The incarceration rate among young white dropouts has grown significantly as well with around one in eight incarcerated in 2008 (Western and Pettit 2010).
Certain segments of our population appear to be at greater risk than others. The future does not bode well for young black and Latino men and women who do not make it through high school. According to Duane Campbell, author of Choosing Democracy, the unemployment rate for Latino men and women is substantially higher than the national average and an African American child is as likely to go to prison as to college (15). According to the Economic Policy Institute, in 1991 43% of African American children and 35% of Latino children were living in poverty. It is not surprising that a vast number of the 501,875 annual school drop-outs come from impoverished black and Latino families.
In today’s day and age, the percentage of monitories attending college decrease more every day. Many studies indicate that there are more African Americans with high school diplomas then college degrees. The question being asked reputably amongst many people is why African Americans still face huge challenges in terms of accessing and completing higher education. The answer to this argument is that single parent household can have a huge effect on how they prosper down the road. Single parent households can influence a child drive for pursuing higher education by failing to push or ensure them that it’s possible to achieve higher than a high school diploma Single parent household play a role in African Americans exceling in education.
By 2013 that percentage decreased to about ... ... middle of paper ... ...n student.” (Long, 31). Despite the fact that these students live in such segregated neighborhoods with low incomes, they still have far more opportunities than Richard Wright and other children in his time. Many teachers and other assistants try to help minorities and other less fortunate people to the best of their abilities, but they are not able to fix the whole situation for them. These children are fortunate enough for attending public schools for free, receiving textbooks for free, using the schools technology for help, and in some cases free lunches. Conversely, in Richard Wright’s time, Jim Crow laws mandated de jure racial segregation in public facilities.
It makes sense that 45% of homeschooling families live at or above 200% of the poverty level, while only 19% live below it (“Homeschool Demographics” 2014). Financially, homeschooling just isn’t an option for everyone, and the help that public schools offer to disadvantaged students can make it more convenient. Also, many parents still have to work during the day, and childcare can be very costly and thus not a realistic option for many working class people. On average, 89% of homeschooled children live in a household with two parents, and for 54% of those, only one parent is in the work force. In contrast, 50% of the families of publicly educated children have both parents working (“Homeschool Demographics”).
Historically, HBCUs were the only way for African-Americans to receive an education. They The learning environment of HBCUs is important to African-American education because it provides a positive and welcoming environment that is focused on the students’ success. At most PWIs African-American students are focused on fitting in with the whites and being ... ... middle of paper ... ...ounds and also African Americans have the highest attrition rate in both two year and four year institutions. Studies by the U.S. Department of Education show that a majority of students’ parents have only received a high school diploma. Also students’ parents have low income reaching below $25,000 per year for students attending 2-year colleges.