Here’s a roundup of the education articles that caught Next America’s eye from Feb. 24 to Mar. 3. All address trends that particularly affect minority students.
Obama: “When I was their age, I was a lot like them.” President Obama’s new initiative aimed at helping young, minority men is small in scale: a $200 million philanthropic commitment from the private sector, plus an interagency task force. But Obama’s speech launching the initiative was one of the most passionate and personal he’s made in a while. The president noted that demographic shifts have made helping young minority men more important than ever. “This is a moral issue for our country,” Obama said. “It’s also an economic issue for our country. After all, these boys are a growing segment of our population. They are our future workforce.” New York Times
The Statistics That Explain Why Young, Minority Men Lag Behind. ThinkProgress, a policy blog at the left-leaning Center for American Progress, breaks down the odds stacked against the young African-American and Hispanic men President Obama’s initiative hopes to serve. The barriers begin with lower levels of early childhood education and end with high adult unemployment rates. Gaps in income and wealth between white and black Americans have been rising for 40 years. ThinkProgress
With Lower Aspirations, White Men Go Further In Community College. White male students at two-year colleges are less engaged in the classroom than their black and Latino peers. Yet 32 percent of white, male community college students go on to earn a degree or certificate within three years, compared to just 5 percent of black and Latino male community college students, according to a report from the Center for Community College Student Engagement at the University of Texas. The report criticized administrators for steering academically weak minority students into programs focused on addressing weaknesses, rather than on tapping into students’ strengths. The Chronicle of Higher Education
College Supply Matters, Too. Demand for higher education needs to be met with enough supply — in the form of adequately funded seats at colleges and universities, according to columnist Eduardo Porter. A 2006 study from John Bound of the University of Michigan and Sarah Turner of the University of Virginia found that when states had a large college-age population, public spending per student fell and so did graduation rates. Other researchers have found that the wage premium associated with a college degree rises when state institutions charge more in tuition and enroll fewer students. New York Times
Americans and business leaders weigh in on skills and immigration. Just over half of Americans would favor a policy that would issue green cards to international students who graduate from U.S. college or university, according to a Gallup survey conducted on the behalf of the Lumina Foundation and released last week. Thirty-four percent of the over 1,000 people surveyed in English-language phone interviews said family ties to U.S. citizens should be the highest priority in immigration policy decisions; 29 percent said work skills should take precedence. In a separate survey, 42 percent of about 600 business leaders chose work skills. Gallup
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"North Korea said on Friday it might test a hydrogen bomb over the Pacific Ocean after President Donald Trump vowed to destroy the reclusive country, with leader Kim Jong Un promising to make Trump pay dearly for his threats. Kim did not specify what action he would take against the United States or Trump, whom he called a 'mentally deranged U.S. dotard' in the latest bout of insults the two leaders have traded in recent weeks."
President Trump this afternoon announced another round of sanctions on North Korea, calling the regime "a continuing threat." The executive order, which Trump relayed to Congress, bans any ship or plane that has visited North Korea from visiting the United States within 180 days. The order also authorizes sanctions on any financial institution doing business with North Korea, and permits the secretaries of State and the Treasury to sanction any person involved in trading with North Korea, operating a port there, or involved in a variety of industries there.
In response to a reporter's question, President Trump said "he’ll be looking to impose further financial penalties on North Korea over its nuclear and ballistic tests. ... The U.N. has passed two resolutions recently aimed at squeezing the North Korean economy by cutting off oil, labor and exports to the nation." Meanwhile, the Guardian reports that South Korea's unification ministry is sending an $8m aid package aimed at infants and pregnant women in North Korea. The "humanitarian gesture [is] at odds with calls by Japan and the US for unwavering economic and diplomatic pressure on Pyongyang."
President Trump on Tuesday night met with UN Secretary Guterres and President of the General Assembly Miroslav Lajcak. In both cases, as per releases from the White House, Trump pressed them on the need to reform the UN bureaucracy.