Analysis Of Educational Aspirations Of Minority Youth

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Minority youth in America, especially women, are not expected to attain a college education after high school. There are many social factors that contribute to this outcome. As many minority students are first-generation Americans, who derive from low-income families, which limit their access to educational opportunities. Being a Hispanic Women, similar to many of these minority students the odds are stacked against me. Along with falling victim to the social expectations of having a child, I also received little educational advice and motivation from family members. As a result for myself and other youth minorities, education is an important way to escape the social boundaries that continue to bind our lives to stereotypical expectations of …show more content…
In the article, “Educational Aspirations of Minority Youth,” written by Grace Kao and Marta Tienda, explain through their research that a family’s socioeconomic status is a large contribution to whether or not students aspire to further their education after high school. According to this article, socioeconomic status has three main components: parent’s income, parental education, and significant others’ influences (Kao & Tienda). According to Kao and Tienda, a parent’s income has a direct effect on a child’s experiences. It is highly important for young students to have good experiences as they are growing up and to fully understand on how much life has to offer in this world. Parental influences on aspirations are crucial due to parental control on both financial and psychological resources which are key factors in socialization. Starting from the beginning of a child’s young life, one factor that is pointed out is that it costs money to travel; For example, it can be difficult for parents to take their children to school if they have no means of transportation. Not having the means of transportation to get their child to school, hinders the child’s future. Also, later in the child’s life, working parents may be unable to assist them with schoolwork, projects, and necessary participation from the child’s parent in which can influence the …show more content…
353). They believe this framework is important to understand regarding race and ethnic differences in educational aspirations. There are two sides to the blocked-opportunities framework. The negative sides suggest that some minorities, such as blacks, have low educational aspirations because they do not believe that having educational success will bring them to economic success. Whereas the positive side suggests that minorities such as Asians and Hispanics, immigrated voluntarily to the United States, so will therefore be more motivated to achieve (Kao & Tienda). Although the blocked-opportunities framework attempts to clarify aspiration formation, it seems to be

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