links for 2011-07-05

  • "After high school there are six distinct pathways all students take: postsecondary education, unemployment, military, employment, incarceration and death. For Native American men only 8 percent go to college, and the unemployment and employment numbers are too close for comfort—39.2 percent and 48 percent respectively. Remaining figures show 1.9 percent go into the military, 2.7 percent are incarcerated and 0.3 percent have walked on.

    "'Only 26 percent of African Americans, 18 percent of Hispanic Americans and 24 percent of Native Americans and Pacific Islanders have at least an associate degree,” points out Dr. John Lee, a policy director for the College Board. 'If current demographic and educational trends continue, the overall education level of the American workforce will decline for the first time in our nation’s history.'”