Report: The struggle of minority male students is everybody's problem
This new report from the College Board spells out why the dismal test scores and graduation rates of black and Hispanic males should be a bigger priority for schools and everybody else -- and why, perhaps, waiting for "bad parents" to come riding to the rescue is risky. Essentially: If minority males continue to fail, then, given demographic trends, the nation as a whole will go down with them.
If current population trends and educational attainment levels (for minority males) continue, the general educational level of Americans will decline (by 2020); American society will likely see an increase in the proportion of the population with less than a high school diploma, while witnessing a decline in the population graduating from high school, entering college or attaining an associate degree or higher. In short, in an increasingly competitive world, American society will be threatened by two realities: A larger proportion of the population will be poorly educated, and those with the education and skills most in demand will be shrinking in number and as a percentage of the population.
Back in 2005, the St. Petersburg Times took a deeper look at the plight of black male students in particular. Florida has more school-age black males than any other state.