Studies: Men of color face challenges in education

Studies: Men of color face challenges in education
Studies: Men of color face challenges in education

A pair of new studies indicate that men belonging to ethnic minorities face challenges in the realm of academic achievement compared to men of Caucasian background.

The reports, which were released by the W.E.B. Du Bois Institute for African and African-American Research, are titled "The Educational Experience of Young Men of Color: A Review of Research, Pathways and Progress" and "Capturing the Student Voice."

Using 92 in-depth interviews, the researchers behind the studies evaluated the educational experience of men in four groups - African-Americans, Asian-Americans, Hispanics and Native Americans - from kindergarten through the end of college.

According to the results of the study, men in three of these groups fall behind the average in terms of academic achievement, as 26, 18 and 24 percent of African-Americans, Hispanics and Native Americans hold at least an associate's degree, respectively.

"The devastating numbers and the sobering statistics are a call to action through the recommendations outlined in this innovative report," said Henry Louis Gates Jr., the director of the Du Bois Institute. "Only with genuine and profound educational reform can we create equal opportunities for young men of color and indeed for all Americans."

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