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Minority Males: Are they falling behind at school?
Minority Males: Are they falling behind at school?

AIR DATE: July 5, 2011

A report from College Board Advocacy and Policy Center shows a stark statistic.  African American and Latino males are falling behind other ethnic and racial groups and females in most educational attainment categories.  Fewer African American and Latino men are going to college and facing higher rates of unemployment or incarceration.  We look at the study a little further and ask leaders in the African American and Latinos communities what they are doing to change the trends.
Consuela Kickbusch, author and motivational speaker
Reiner Spencer, Prof and Dir, Afro-American Studies Program, UNLV
William Lara, high school senior in Mesquite

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Independent of color, success is based on determination. I am white, but I have earned much less than minimum wage to feed my family. No one owes me a living. I am sick of people using ANYTHING as an excuse for not taking care of their family. I have told an employer to NOT PAY ME if he thought I was not worth it. I have offered people who work for our company free training in carpentry, and NO ONE accepted my offer because they think they should be paid for this opportunity. It seems someone is always responsible for failures other than the person who should be responsible. I am not saying that this world is perfect, but the most successful people (not the richest) have had to overcome significant issues. I am not rich, but I am successful.
JamesJul 1, 2011 10:39:11 AM
One of the major problem facing minority youth is the absence of educational alternatives. We tell our kids that to be successful one has to attend college. Not all kids are academically suited for college. We need technical high schools and technical colleges for those kids gifted working with their hands who then can get jobs working with emerging technologies and industries. While directing Human Resources at adjoining military bases, I worked with community leaders in Montgomery, Alabama and San Antonio, Texas, and developed COOP and Intern education programs in tandem with technical training schools and ended up hiring more than a thousands of Black and Hispanic youth into career programs within the Dept of the Air Force. I am a product of that process. I worked my way through college as an iron worker and obtained a commission. I studied the methods used at the famous Tuskeegee Institute to advance academic and occupational growth of African Americans in a largely hostile White employment environment. I'll be glad to share methods and techniques with any academic and community leaders in Las Vegas.
Colonel Wm. R. Morales, USAF (ret)Jul 1, 2011 10:28:53 AM
These discussions never bring up the psychological affect of the destroying the air traffic controllers union by Ronald Reagan which started avery negative feeling toword being union and blue collar in this country. Two thing have happened. First there are no good apprenticeship programs. Second the military used to take young men who were troubled and gave them a place and a second chance. Todays militry has gone High tech. Diplomas not GEDs are the requirement. This country has dumped on it's young men. Laura Bush addressed it briefly but the rich shut her down. We have had a successful push for the young women in America over the last 20 years but when young men are discussed it again becomes a blame game where labor is the problem with our economy. the Aristocracy controlls the media and it won't change. Everything in your discussion is reflected in these two thongs it just takes honesty to talk about it. Will you?
Bill LenhartJul 1, 2011 10:07:23 AM
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