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After reading both the articles “The Changing Face of Texas: Population Projections and Implications” and “The Explosive Growth of the Latino Population May Hurt the U. S. in the Long Run,” I plan to point out several statistics in the growing population of Texas and provide possible solutions to them. The most visually stunning statistic to me was the implication that Texas’ future population would contain nearly sixty percent Hispanics. The outcome could be viewed in a couple of different areas, with the first being found in the Texas population by age and ethnicity chart.
In the year 2000, it was recorded that there were more Hispanics under the age of five, than there were Anglo-Americans age sixty-five. It seems that there are many Hispanic children being conceived at a faster rate than the Anglos’ retired and deceased. This could mean that our education field would probably have to be revamped. Maybe even giving money to the public schools in impoverished areas could help. This is because the teachers in these areas have little motivation and access to resources as the teachers in suburban regions. If this continues, the ever-growing minority majority will be poorly educated.
The purpose in pointing out the birthrate out is because I believe that if we were to teach the young minorities more in sexual education, then the birthrate could possibly decrease. On the other side of the coin though: If we were to better educate these students, they would eventually develop the skills and be qualified to work these jobs that could help them financially support all of their children… thus helping boost the economy. The other area being the implication that Texas’ future population, with the growth of the Hispanic race, could become less competitive, poorer and in more need of state services such as welfare and healthcare.
The same ideals of the previous statistic can be applied in response to this one. It is stated in the reading that, “Texas’ challenge is to reduce these socioeconomic differences through increased educational attainment and training, so Texas can compete in the nation’s workforce. ” Here, it all boils down to education. Whether we are leaning more towards teaching the youth the skills in which they need to succeed, or whether the public education system should be altered, the issues have to be resolved by analyzing the educational aspect to deal with this “explosive growth. That’s my solution: Teach the youth about the importance of attaining knowledge by showing theme the statistics that imply ho this nation will be greatly affected. I feel that Latinos generally graduate high school at lower levels for several reasons, with one being that they are a rapidly growing people. Because they are increasingly becoming more than half of our population, their dropout rate is magnified. This is also prevalent because the majority of them reside in these areas of Texas where the levels of poverty are significantly higher than that of other cities and states.
Locations such as Houston and Dallas, Texas are said to be “ranked in the bottom third among major U. S. cities in shares of high school graduates. ” One solution to this statistic could be the idea of converting these poorly developed areas of poverty into more acceptable living areas, which could possibly increase drive and determination in the citizens. Maybe the people living in those areas are greatly affected by their surroundings. I have a sufficient parable for this idea: In Washington State, the suicide rate of citizens there are far greater than that of most other states.
This is said to be true because of the amount of rain and gloomy weather conditions that they endure daily. Could it be that the conditions in which you live plays a huge role in your want to succeed? I have quoted the reading in saying, “Among ethnic groups, Hispanics are undoubtedly the largest segment in poverty in Texas. ” Also, “… more than half of the Hispanic population in Texas did not have a high school diploma. Anglos are more likely to attain higher levels of education than, non-Anglos. The immigration factor can also be viewed in the equation for the low graduate rate in Latinos. “Texas is one of the most popular immigrant gateways to the U. S. ,” Peterson exclaims. Could it be that work is enforced, overriding education in the Hispanic community, being that a good number of them hold origins in Mexico, coming in pursuit of wealth for their family? I think so. If it were an important issue to them, we would see better numbers in the high school graduate dept. Thus, the only solution to this is for the parent to teach the children, stressing the importance of education.
I feel that the teachers can also be a help in giving the children confidence, no matter what area of town they live. Once again, I say that education is always going to be the root solution to this nations’ statistics as we progress. In conclusion, I say that these articles had some very eye-opening statistics that challenged me by providing implications of Texas’ future due to the rapid growth of the Hispanic population. It seems we will have to “live” this topic to see the future outcome.