Wednesday, May 14, 2014

Racist anti-racists in education

Pew Research recently published a post entitled "More Hispanics, blacks enrolling in college, but lag in bachelor’s degrees".

The titular description says it all. Educational romanticism, and the consequent student loan 'crisis' it has fostered, hurts NAMs--especially blacks--more than it hurts ice people. Among those who are not of collegiate material but who chase college degrees anyway, blacks don't live as long as non-blacks do (they have fewer years to squander), they physically mature faster than members of other races do (they can be productive in the job market earlier than non-blacks can be), and they are the ones more often getting sold a bill of goods by not only failing to obtain BAs at white rates, but earning less valuable ones when they do get BAs.

Educational romanticism is Good. Racism is, of course, bad. Yet educational romanticism appears to be racist. I'm a hopeless case.

4 comments:

Jokah Macpherson said...

Do you find it slightly weird the Pew has a menu item at the top of its home page entitled "Hispanics"?

sykes.1 said...

The modern BA doesn't serve white people very well either.

Audacious Epigone said...

Jokah,

Using the plural noun for the linguistic group and nothing else is a little strange. And then there's the accompanying spin-off of Pew Research focused specifically on them that, too. But my man they are the future!

Sykes,

True, but irrelevant--the only things that matter are relative outcomes (in which NAMs fare worse than whites do)!

Jokah Macpherson said...

I'm currently working in a group that has several "Hispanics" - one Dominican, one upper class Mexican, I forget what the third one is. They all laugh at the term "Hispanic" and note that they had never even heard of such until they came to the States.

The prologue chapter to Tom Wolfe's latest novel points this out as well.