Thursday, January 24, 2013

America's Drop Out Rate - Down? Not for All...

A recent report suggests that America's drop out rate has declined to about 78% of students, which sounds like things are moving in the right direction.

Yet the drop out rate for our fastest growing minority, Hispanics, is still about 50% - a shockingly high number.

I asked an Hispanic professional friend, JR Gonzales, about that. I met JR as the leader of a tour we took of China last October. I wondered outloud if perhaps having an Hispanic Governor, someone like Mayor Julian Castro of San Antonio as our next Governor (of Texas) would improve the drop out rate among Hispanics.

His answer? "Having more Hispanic teachers as role models would be more effective."

I think he has a good point. What do YOU think would help reduce minority dropouts, not just in Texas but across the U.S.?

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