Monthly Archives: March 2011

Wisconsin Bound

After 5 years in Cincinnati, Ohio I’ll be moving to Madison, Wisconsin within the next couple months. My stay in Cincinnati has been great; but I’m looking forward to getting to know our new home. Unless you’ve been living under a rock the last few weeks, you know that Madison has been the epicenter of the fight between unions and Republican governors. After visiting Madison last week, I can assure you the city is passionate about its politics. 

Additionally, Wisconsin is one of many Midwest states that has seen significant increases in its Latino population. A quick review of the 2010 Census data shows that the Latino population in Madison has increased 74% over the last 10 years. 

I’m looking forward to getting involved in my “new” community. I’ll keep you posted!

50.5 Million Voices

The PEW Hispanic Research Center released a report today outlining the dramatic increase in the Latino population. Frankly, I was a bit surprised by the numbers. Latinos now comprise 16.3% of the U.S. population and accounted for over 56% of the country’s population growth since 2000. Incredible.

Interesting to note that Latinos are increasing in numbers beyond the traditional eight or nine states in which they’re most concentrated:

In six states, growth in the Hispanic population accounted for all of those states’ population growth; if the Hispanic population had not grown, those states would not have grown. They included Illinois, Louisiana, Massachusetts, New Jersey, New York and Rhode Island. In Michigan, the state population declined over the decade but the Hispanic population grew.

Looking at the Latino population by region, the West and South are home to the most Hispanics, while growth has been most rapid in the South and Midwest. In 2010, 20.6 million Hispanics lived in the West, 18.2 million lived in the South, 7 million lived in the Northeast and 4.7 million lived in the Midwest.

Why Educational Integration Matters

A great piece via Dana Goldtein’s blog outlining the benefits of educational integration. Rhode Island is experimenting with a new model which seems to be having good success.  Worth a read when you have a chance:

The result is RIMA’s first school, Blackstone Valley Prep, one of the most diverse schools of any kind I have ever visited. BVP currently draws 252 kindergartners, first-graders, and fifth-graders from two low-income cities, Pawtucket and Central Falls, and two affluent towns, Lincoln and Cumberland. Fifty-five percent of the students are black and Latino, 65 percent are poor, and 43 percent are English language learners.

Colleges: The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly

If you have some time, read through this intriguing piece by Peter Brooks via New York Review of Books. The article discusses a variety of books published recently regarding the problems associated with higher education, mainly what is wrong with these institutions. No question there are problems. However, a key takeaway from Brooks’ analysis here is the one related to what higher education is doing right as opposed to what other organizations are not. I think he’s spot on.

American higher education is a nonsystem that is messy, reduplicative, unfair—just like American society as a whole—but it has made genuine commitments to quality and to a greater degree of social justice, to the extent that is within its control, than most other institutions of the society. It has brought new blood into old elitist institutions, and indeed has thoroughly scrambled the hereditary caste it began with. You have simply to walk the paths of any reputable American university today to see that the student population looks like the range of American ethnicities—far more than many other institutions. Universities have taken seriously calls for inclusiveness and affirmative action. The large expenditures on their admissions offices that bring sneers from Hacker and Dreifus have promoted diversity in ways unimagined fifty years ago.