Is the High Dropout Rate Among Mexican-American Youths Contributed to the Lack of Role Models?”

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As concern rises over the high rate of dropouts from the nation's schools, educators are looking with increasing alarm at what many consider the most worrisome aspect of the problem: the soaring dropout rate among Hispanic students. As they near the point of being America's largest minority, people of Hispanic descent are America's youngest and fastest-growing ethnic group. And in a nation concerned about the educational preparation of its young, they are far more likely to drop out of school than members of any other ethnic group. Educators say poverty, language problems, cultural differences and a shortage of Hispanic teachers are among the reasons for the problem. The result, they say, is perhaps the most pressing problem facing the nation's schools. Unless there is dramatic improvement in the success rate of Hispanic students, the effects could be profound both for the ethnic group and the nation as a whole, officials say. Data indicates that the dropout rate amongst Hispanic students is noticeably higher than students of other races/ethnicities. However, this data does not state the reason for such a disparity. It does show that males are more likely than females to drop out and that whites are the least likely to drop out. While Hispanic families may have a very strong family dynamic it would seem that the families de-emphasize the importance of education, at least in relation to other ethnic groups. This lack of a strong educational role model at home is, in my opinion, the main reason that the disparity between groups exists to the extent that it does.

In a recent CEC study it was found that the majority of students who dropped out said that their parents were involved in their education on as the role of disciplinarian, and not as a person who was encouraging success. This data is not broken down by race but it can be inferred that if Hispanics represent the highest number of dropouts then their parents must make up the highest proportion of...
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