The demographic changes in the composition of the electorate witnessed in the recent presidential election is a tipping point that reflects a wider transformation occurring in the U.S population in general.
The Census Bureau recently announced its projection that the U.S. would no longer be a white-majority nation by the year 2043. By 2060, minorities will comprise 57% of the population. The Hispanic population will more than double, reaching 128.8 million. By the end of this period, nearly one in three Americans will be Latino.
For those Americans who are nostalgic for times past, this may be alarming. In reality, this is an enormous challenge for our generation.
We are responsible to prepare our children with the knowledge and skills to be successful adults. To date, we are not succeeding.
Latino children are the poorest in the country. They are in the most resource-starved schools, which after the Great Recession, suffered the most draconian budget cuts. And, if this wasn’t enough, in many cases, these children are pawns in the tug-of-war between special interest groups in education. This is not the way to prepare them for the future.
Specific demographic trends can certainly tilt with the changes in migration patterns. Today, for example, there are more Asian than Latino immigrants.
That said, the growth in the Hispanic population and its increasing leadership role in the country is an irreversible process. This means taking on responsibilities for the future in the academic preparation of our children today.