The Importance Of Higher Education

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I am the youngest of four siblings all eight years or older our parents have always instilled into us that higher education was the key to success. They placed a high importance on us achieving academically and pushed each of us to pursue higher education. How is it though that out of my siblings only one has graduated college when each has had the same life circumstances?
This is not only an issue amongst my family; it’s an issue across the board for people of Hispanic descent. Each year Hispanic student’s enroll in college for the first time and today their enrollment rates are increasing at historical rates, but the rates at which they drop out are higher than their graduate rate. One of the problems that these students face is their ethnic
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Higher education requires a full time of effort from students, much more than they can handle when having to contribute to the family as well. When a student fails to put family first they begin to lose emotional support from their family, which is key to succeeding. Familism is the “social pattern whereby individual interests, decisions, and actions are conditioned by a network of relatives thought in many ways to take priority over the individual.” (Desmond & Lopez Turley, 2009, p. 314). Hispanic students define this by placing a high importance on their family’s view when making decisions. Especially when it comes to one’s such as moving away to college, as there is a “parental preference for children not to leave home for college”. (Baum & Fores, 2011, p. 181). This is largely part of the reason why “Hispanics are more likely than Black and White Students to state living at home is important.” (Page, 2013, p. …show more content…
Various studies show that parent involvement is key to a child’s success but for Hispanic parents their involvement is limited as “Correspondence in Spanish was one of the primary reasons Latino parents were not involved in their children’s education.” (Maxwell, 2013, p. 127). The failure to provide information to parents in Spanish sets students back as parents will be less likely to help their student succeed in the correct institution. As “ Inadequate information and low expectations about the opportunities available to them appear to impede the academic achievement of Hispanic Youth.” (Baum & Fores, 2011, p. 183). Parents have no way of preventing this from occurring because of the lack of bilingual information provided by these

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