Hispanics Lending Greater Diversity to American Classrooms

By: DiversityWorking Press
Date Posted: May 08, 2015
News Source: The Huffington Post

American classrooms are not what it used to be due to the growing diversity of its student population, that also reflects the growing diversity of America's demographics.

The Huffington Post is celebrating its 10th-year this month of May, and to celebrate the milestone, it is "looking at the future of American classrooms and what students in these classrooms might look like 10 years from now.

In 2025, America's schools will likely be substantially more diverse than they are currently, serving more kids who come from Hispanic, Asian or mixed-race backgrounds. These shifting demographics raise a number of questions about the best ways for schools to serve students who are more diverse than ever before."

In a graph it provides in the article, it is seen that "by 2023, only 45 percent of students in prekindergarten through twelfth-grade will be white."

Looking at it, one can see Hispanics are lending greater diversity to American classrooms.

Projections into the future, between 2015 - 2025, and shown by a different graph with data supplied by the National Center for Education Statistics, Hispanics are still seen to be the leading minority groups among students in prekindergarten through twelfth-grade.

As the article notes, 29.9 percent of students will be Hispanic in 2023, compared to 25.8 percent in 2014. However, the article continues, though America's public school population is diversifying, America's teacher force is not.

Teacher diversity is important especially for a growing diverse student population.

“Teachers of color can serve as role models for students of color … when students see teachers who share their racial or ethnic backgrounds, they often view schools as more welcoming places,” says a 2014 report on teacher diversity from The Center For American Progress.

As the numbers of Hispanic students in American schools increases, districts and school systems will have to figure out a way to better serve this population of students, who currently have lower graduation rates and test scores than their white counterparts, says the article.

This is indeed essential, as shown by many studies that teachers of the same race can help ease the fears or anxiety minority students experience when they encounter teachers and peers who are different from them.

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