NATIONAL EDUCATION CRISIS: +50% of Students that do not go to college are Dead, Incarcerated or Unemployed before they are 24.

June 21, 2011

Education


Since 2003, while I attended UMass Amherst I have been fighting to raise awareness of this issue.  Not enough students of color are enrolling to obtain 4 year degrees! To make matters worse College and Universities have a hard time retaining the minority groups they end up enrolling.  The College Board came out with a report that helps bring light to this issue. I hope you are able to read their report or at the least look through their website. This is a crisis that threatens the security of our nation we can no longer sit idly while our legs are being cut from under us.

“The fastest growing populations in the country are those minority groups with the lowest levels of male educational attainment. If present levels of education and current population trends hold, the United States will see a decline in the educational attainment of the country as a whole. The goal of ensuring the future global competitiveness of the U.S. cannot be met without the full participation of our nation’s young men of color.” 

The College Board, 2011

“Christen Pollock, the College Board’s vice president for advocacy, said she was struck by what researchers found when they looked at the paths taken by the students who did not pursue more education after high school. More than 50 percent died, were incarcerated, or were unemployed before they were 24 years old, she said.”  Molly Redden, Chronicle of Higher Education

LETS SPREAD THE FLAMES OF KNOWLEDGE TILL THE ENDS OF THE WORLD.  Facebook, Twitter, Forward this message to your friends and family…lets make change happen!

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About pavelpayano

Pavel Payano graduated with a BA from the University of Massachusetts Amherst in 2006. After graduation he became the Outreach Director of the Massachusetts Democratic Party. He served in this role until 2007 when he joined the staff of Congresswoman Tsongas becoming her Special Assistant and Immigration Specialist. In June 2011 he graduated from the University of Massachusetts Boston with a Masters of Science in Public Affairs. Mr. Payano is an active member of the Lawrence community; in 2010 he co-founded the Greater Lawrence Young Professionals Network, an organization that hopes to bridge the gap between local government, business leaders and young professionals who care about the development and well being of the greater Lawrence communities. He is also serving his second term as a Lawrence School Committee member.

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