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Latinos didn’t do so well in school (See Figure 3.24). The top reasons
mentioned were poor parenting or lack of parental involvement, poor
English skills and different cultural backgrounds than their teachers.
But perhaps the most troubling statistic in the study was the notable
increase in motherhood among young immigrant Latinas. “In 2007, 29
percent of all immigrant female Hispanics ages sixteen to twenty-five
were mothers, compared to 17 percent of native-born female Hispan-
ics and 12 percent of white females” (Fry 2009). The differences in
educational achievement among foreign-born and native Hispanics are
explored further and interesting to note here.
The good news is that native-born Latinos are faring much better
than their immigrant counterparts, with 60 percent of native-born His-
panics eighteen to twenty-five saying they plan to get a college degree in
2009 versus only 29 percent of immigrant Latinos. More encouraging is
the news from the Pew Hispanic Center’s 2011 study on Hispanic Col-
lege Enrollment, which reported a 24 percent spike in Latino college
enrollments from 2009 to 2010, narrowing the gap significantly with
other groups. Driven by a single-year surge of 24 percent in Hispanic
enrollment, the number of eighteen- to twenty-four-year-olds attend-
ing college in the United States hit an all-time high of 12.2 million in
Major reasons why Hispanics don’t
do well in school
Latino Youth
Latino Adults
16 and older
Parents of Hispanic students don’t
play an active role
Hispanic students know less English
Too many teachers don’t know how
to work with Hispanic students
Hispanic students don’t work as
hard as others
Source: Latinos and Education: Explaining the Attainment Gap, Pew Hispanic Center
Figure 3.24