We have been exploring in this module how race, ethnicity, and culture can influence an individual’s socio-economic status. Now is your chance to dig into this complex issue in greater detail. Your essay topic submitted in M3A1 should have been carefully researched, and now, in your writing of the essay, you will develop conclusions based on reliable data. In Essay 2, you are exploring the intersection of education and socio-economic status for different minority groups in the U.S.

Please following these guidelines:

  1. Start with the U.S. Census data and go as far back as you can to research your group. You will want to track change over time in: number of people identified as part of this group, income range, and education reported. Compare and contrast to “majority whites” (some groups have been followed for years or decades, but others have not, so you will need to do some digging).
  2. Address these questions:
    1. How has education helped your group to improve over time, or has it? (research beyond the Census stats needed here)
    2. Are the promises made about education actually being fulfilled? Why or why not? (real sociology-type question)
    3. What other factors may be at play here?
  3. Discuss the facts you have located and the interplay of these to build to a logical and informed conclusion. Have you found any solutions in your research for the issue? If so, include them in your discussion/conclusion, along with your own ideas about how education can and cannot help people improve their socio-economic status.

Additional Requirements and Resources:

  1. A minimum of four resources from academic publications found in the Excelsior Library
  2. 750 – 1250 words of writing. This does not include the title page or reference page. Please organize your paper based upon the approved outline and your faculty feedback.

Topic and outline are below.

  1. The group I selected for this essay is Latino Citizens. The term “Latino” is typically understood by some to mean immigrants from Hispanic-phone countries in North, Central and South America and their U.S.-born descendants. Latino, as used in American English, generally refers to an American of Latin American descent, especially Hispanic American heritage. It is a word borrowed from Spanish Latino, shortened from Latino Americano.
  1. Is the role of Latinos in America becoming more significant in shaping our country’s educational and socio-economic climate?

Latinos Educational and Soci-Economic Status

  1. Introduction
  2. Is the role of Latinos in America becoming more significant in shaping our country’s educational and socio-economic climate?
  3. Historic Data
  1. Educational
    1. Latino high school dropout rate has dropped dramatically.
  1. Hispanic students have higher high school dropout rates than White or Black students
  1. Socio-economic
    1. Unable to afford any product or service
    2. Generally large family size
  • Today’s Data
  1. Educational
    1. Latinos are making big inroads in college enrollment.
    2. Latinos still lag other groups in obtaining a four-year degree
  2. Socio-economic
    1. Living in comfortable style
    2. Able to easily meet their primary needs
  1. Change over Time.
  1. Education has change for the better but still has some problems among Latino citizens.
  1. Latinos are put into three categories, any or all of the three variables
    1. income
    2. education
    3. occupation
  1. Socio-economic is still impacting Latino citizens
  1. Multiple Aspects of Education
  1. Pre k/ High School
  2. College
  3. Military
  1. Groups Progress to others and How do they compare.
  1. Educational attainment among U.S. Latinos has been changing rapidly in recent years.
  1. Latinos trail other groups in earning a bachelor’s degree.
  2. Latinos face widely different social and economic experiences in the United States.
  • Conclusion
  1. Latinos are the largest and fastest growing minority group in the U.S. yet have the lowest education attainment levels.
  2. Some factors which affect the current socio-economic status of Latinos in the United States.

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