In March of 2013, The Daily Censored released an article addressing some disadvantages minority students encounter in many East Coast school systems. In one of the richest cites in the country, New York City, minority students–who actually make up the majority of the schools’ populations–are deprived of the educational advantages they need to later be successful in life. Schools that serve predominantly minority students typically receive less funding and less experienced teachers, making it difficult for them to progress. This leads to frightening statistics. Only 29% of these students enroll in high school with 9% finishing. Among those who do graduate, only 37% finish in four years. This makes NY graduation rates for black and Hispanic people the lowest in the nation.
In New York City, Korean immigrants have started test prep schools for their children and others who can afford it. One commercial test-prep course can cost more than $1500, so these less expensive alternative prep courses are helpful to minority families on a budget. Many Korean immigrants come to the United States already well educated but in hopes for a good college education and a white-collar job. In Korea, while almost 100% of people graduate high school, only about 30% of them are accepted to college so their chances are slim. On the other hand, their hard work ethic and high education values does make many of them successful here in the United States.
Danny Weil, “Challenging Structural Racism in New York City Schools: Horatio Alger, RIP- WhyKorean immigrants succeed”, Daily Censored September 24, 2013 http://www.dailycensored.com/challenging-structural-racism-in-new-york-city-schools-horatio-alger-rip-why-korean-immigrants-succeed/
Student Researchers: Roman Jennings, Jordan Hinton, Jasmine Aguilera, Paulo Silva, Wyatt Vaughn, Victoria Arrington & Emily Koehn (Santa Rosa Junior College)
Faculty Evaluator: Susan Rahman (Santa Rosa Junior College)