There is this under the surface whisper among some who call themselves conservative that these “immigrants” who are trying to make our country a minority-majority country; xenophobia exists to be certain. Some say they’re just lazy and they want to just live off welfare to absorb all of our social services like a plague of locusts searching for sustenance. But – that’s not true at all. Immigrants come here because they want a better life and they push their kids to take advantage of all the opportunities that they may not have had otherwise.
As it relates to education – there is no lack of effort in the aggregate. They’re working towards a better life and in doing so – they’re making our country a better country. And we know there is a direct correlation to education and our country’s success over the long haul. As far as I’m concerned – come on over (as long as we’ve processed a criminal check) …. welcome home.
The Bureau of Labor Statistics brings us the chart HERE:
Adolescents with immigrant parents spent, on average, more time on education-related activities (237 minutes per day) from 2003 to 2010 than adolescents with native-born parents (211 minutes per day).
Economix points out HERE:
By the way, since I’m guessing this question will come up: Bigger educational time commitments are true for children of both Asian immigrants and Latin American immigrants.
Children of Asian immigrants spend about 51 minutes more per day on educational activities than do children of native-born whites. That’s true even when you control for family characteristics like income, parents’ education and number of siblings.
Children of Latin American immigrants spend on average 18 more minutes per day in educational activities than the children of their white, non-Hispanic native-born counterparts, although that gap is not statistically significant. Once the Labor Department’s researchers controlled for differences in family composition, the gap widened to a statistically significant 35 minutes per day.
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