Educational Aspirations Of Minority Youth Essay

1718 Words Jun 9th, 2016 null Page
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 us not having the capabilities to attend college. Most children of minorities, who go to schools, struggled with socioeconomics that lead their education to be unfulfilled. 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…

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