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Low-income and Minority Students in College
Low-income and Minority Students in College

AIR DATE: July 12, 2010

The Nevada System of Higher Education is teaming with national experts to figure out how to draw more of Nevada's low-income and minority students to college. We continue our summer series on education with a look at the Educational Equity and Postsecondary Student Success project. Researchers out of the University of Southern California's Center for Urban Education will be working with Nevada's schools to identify solutions to getting our increasing minority and low-income students to and through college.

But, how do we get minorities and low-income students to college? And what will it take to mobilize the community and education system as a whole to embrace this effort? We talk with Nevada leaders about how to do that.

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One of the major challenges and frustrations I face as a high school teacher of minority students is families who take students out of school to go to Mexico to take care of family matters. Every year I have several students disappear for two - three, even six weeks! When they return they want to know what they missed. How is it possible to make-up class discussions, group work, lectures, activities...? I believe that many Hispanic Parents do not understand how the school system works. I believe the Latino media could help with this problem with articles in Latino publications or public service announcements on Latino T.V. programs. Our school sends out school info in both English and Spanish, but they still do not seem to understand the importance of their kids being in school everyday.
Patty Ann EllsworthJul 8, 2010 21:08:38 PM
After listening to various programs in your series on education, I must plead with you to include actual, experienced teachers - and not just temporary Teach for America teachers - when you discuss education issues. "Teachers should be seen but not heard" seems to be the general attitude, and KNPR seems to go right along with it. Example: the woman talking about parent involvement traditionally being coming into classrooms, and how that's hard for minority parents. No, traditional parent involvement that we teachers seek is parents who care about what a child is doing, who ask them about it, who ask to see their homework, who ask what they learned today, etc. I'm tired of the implication that teachers don't understand their students because they are poor or minority, which is the same thing the Teach for America cheerleader implied. Teachers, unfortunately, have to deal in the land of reality and practicality, not just theory and idealism. I am also tired of listening to the blathering of non-teachers who think they're education experts, to the point that I'm turning the radio off. I'm done with your series. When you have an education show, invite teachers on, please.
KrisOJul 8, 2010 09:39:37 AM
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