ArthurEdens wrote:I suspect that it arises from a lack of parental guidance. Those of us who have pursued graduate degrees either have parents that led by example or had parents that constantly talked about the importance of such education.
If education is not valued (which it often isn't - I can back this up if anyone is offended), or if there is no time/money to instill this value (e.g. single parent working two jobs), then of course you're going to see a disparity.
I agree, but I think parents not valuing education goes back to the point I was making; when the parents (and especially the grandparents, who are often still alive and giving guidance) were young, they were typically denied access to most higher education institutions. Why value something you believe is impossible to get?
Minorities would value higher education much more if more was done to give them access to it, and to make them aware of that access. This is part of the enormous legacy of racism that this country has yet to overcome.
Interesting idea. My grandparents always urge me to get more education, though because they've seen it work in small amount of cases around them. When they grew up in east LA the few people who were successful got an education. However, my parents aren't in line with this wave of thinking. BTW, I'm Mex. Am. For example, my dad forbade me from taking AP classes in high school, although I had a 3.9 (and never doing hw); and doesn't want me to continue with my JD, even though I graduated magna and PBK from my undergrad. I have no idea why this is, but one reason is money. I would assume a lot of minorities are debt adverse because they never had a lot of money to begin with (as is the case with my family). So, my dad discouraging me and taking on debt to get higher degrees seems like a logical connection. They don't see it as an investment, but rather just money owed (which is the case in the literal sense, but not the long-term payoffs). It would be an interesting Ph.D. study for any of you Ph.D. hopefuls out there.
By the way, when the people and the above poster talk about "denying access" in modern times, can we please just call it by it's real name: money. Minorities never had the money to buy their way into schools and now-a-days because it's so prohibitively expensive, people of all colors are denied an education (or better yet, the education preparation to receive a good education).