Saturday, March 28, 2009


Perhaps our dilemma with the influx of immigrants resides in a new, and frightfully disturbing, study on education.

You should sit down for this one, kids.

Natalia Palacios has conducted a study on immigrants and education and her findings apparently are consistent with other studies: welcome to what is now called the “Immigrant Paradox”.

The Bare Bones
The Immigrant Paradox describes what happens to educational attitudes with first generation immigrants compared to subsequent generations. The findings suggest that while first-gen immigrants are high achievers, the proceeding generations are not so lucky.

Academic success, health, substance abuse and violent behavior increase substantially between first-generation and third-generation immigrants.

I Have a Bad Feeling About This
I’ve said it before and I will say it again. There is a growing sub-group of our population that completely devalues education, to the point of ridiculing academic success and encouraging their own children to continue in the glorious family tradition of remaining uneducated and unskilled. While I sometimes feel like Quixote ranting at the windmills, the research is bearing witness to the problem. The pervasive nature of a subversive educational counter culture permeates some religious and political groups.

Celebrating ignorance is not the way, the truth or the life. To think otherwise is delusional and poisonous to our culture and our country. Seems that coming to American is good for the first group but increasingly bad for the others. Ignorance is not, and should not be, the American Dream.

Hat tip to Open Education for this riveting yet discombobulating article.

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