Why graduate from high school if you cannot continue ahead?

By Jessie Green

America is a land of opportunities and we should take advantage of it and not let poverty and other situations get in our way.

There is a lot of ways to succeed, but many Hispanics like to let challenges get in our way.

We tend to fall back on easy answers for this challenging situation. It is too easy to say that Hispanic children are not motivated or intellectually capable of obtaining and actually succeeding in a higher education institution, but we should never take such statements for face value.

The National Center for Education Statistics indicates that dropout rates are particularly high for African American and Hispanic students. A total of 13 percent to 17 percent of U.S. Hispanics attend college or a university. This number is very little when it is compared to the 52 percent of Hispanics that graduate from high school.

Irene Smith is a young woman that has chosen not to be one of the people who have graduated from high school and moved on to college. She says her inspiration derived from her parents’ hard work in giving her and her siblings a better life. “It was hard work to not give up,” said Smith, “but I knew that in the end I was going to gain a lot from having an education.”

President Barack Obama wants to see 55 percent of all high school students to graduate from college by 2020. Current statistics are far from the vision, but just how the president wants the youth to be successful at something and have some type of career, we should use that as inspiration to better this nation as a whole.

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