Hispanic Youth Dropout Rates : Implementation Of Educational Strategies

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Hispanic Youth Dropout Rates: Implementation of Educational Strategies to Lower Rates
Introduction
Hispanic’s success in education and the labor market is of both immediate and long-term importance to America’s economy. Failure in high school not only affects the individual, but also negatively impacts multiple aspects of our society. Some of these negative aspects include a lost chance for a college education, lower paying jobs, political apathy, decrease in tax revenue, health problems and strain on social services. With 54 million Hispanics staging what will soon become the “new normal,” this is an issue that society may well want to address sooner rather than later. Research indicates that a lack of, or a limited education often results in a person being more likely to suffer from poverty, engage in criminal activity and or other self-destructive behavior (McKissack, 1998; Rosenfeld, Richman and Bowen, 1998; Freeman, 1996; Jarjoura, 1996). Thus, it is imperative that Americans mount a campaign to address dropout rates if America desires to continue to be the world’s leading superpower. Hispanics have emerged as the fastest-growing minority group in the United States of America and statistically are dropping out of high school at an alarmingly high rate. For a moment, one has to pause and wonder if anyone in America is taking note of the following trend. “According to U.S. Census Bureau population estimates as of July 1, 2014, there are roughly 54 million Hispanics…

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