Summary Of America's Hispanic Children

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In the report America’s Hispanic Children: Gaining Ground, Looking Forward, by Dr. David Murphrey, Dr. Lina Guzman, and Dr. Alicia Torres, the reader is exposed to a startling reality: “the nation’s knowledge of a large, diverse, and fast-growing group of American children is decidedly incomplete” (Murphrey p. 3). The group that the authors are referring to is the Hispanic children that are living in America. Of the 17.5 million Hispanic children living in America, “nearly one-third… live below the poverty line, and a roughly equal share, while not poor by official definition, [have] family incomes just adequate to meet basic needs,” with “close to 15 percent of Hispanic children [not having] a well-care visit in the last year” (Murphrey p. 4). In addition, it is noted on the same page that Hispanic children often start at an insufficient level when beginning at a school, due to language and cultural barriers, and lack of participation between parents and educators. These problems and more are defined in greater detail throughout the report and are separated into five different categories: demographics, economics, family, education, and health and media. Within these categories, several races are shown, including Hispanic, non-Hispanic white, and non-Hispanic black, which are…show more content…
children who are Hispanic is growing rapidly” (Murphrey p. 5), with only 9 percent of U.S. children being Hispanic in 1980 versus a staggering 24.1 percent of U.S. children being Hispanic today. While the Hispanic population grows, the non-Hispanic white population of children shrinks, changing from a whopping 74 percent of children who were white in the United States in 1980 to 52.4 percent of children today. While these two populations change drastically, the non-Hispanic black population remains relatively steady, moving from 15 percent to 13.8 percent, a rather insignificant change compared to the changes of white and Hispanic

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