Monthly Archives: June 2013

Re-Defining Education

Earlier today I was interviewed by a local business magazine about workforce and education trends and their impact on recruitment. We had an interesting conversation regarding developments in employment and higher education, and how they will impact the future workforce. One point I made was about educational institutions that focus on developing the types of specific skills employers need – and pay well. Coincidently, Matthew Iglesias has a great blog post today about “education” and how we should perhaps look at it differently in this new era:

An idea I wanted to introduce into this, however, is that we shouldn’t be so blithe about identifying formal education with “skills”—it’s possible for the economy to change in ways that simply start rewarding a different set of skills than the ones colleges teach.

Searching for Latino Identity

Carlos Lozada of the Washington Post provides an interesting essay about who is considered Latino. Debates surrounding the growth of U.S. Latinos, immigration reform, and other social cultural issues seem to have redefined Latino identity along many lines. If you’re Latino, you can identify:

Besides, others play identity politics for me. I’m Hispanic when census forms and my children’s birth certificate documents nudge me to choose. I’m Hispanic when junk mail arrives at my house trumpeting special offers for my Irish American wife and ofertas especiales for me. I’m Hispanic when the Jehovah’s Witnesses come knocking on my door with a pitch for salvation ready in Spanish. I’m Hispanic in America because people I don’t know have decided that is what I am.

Mr. Lozada accurately identifies a unifying issue for Latinos regardless of cultural background:

When the political debates over immigration turn ugly, when talk of self-deportation and racial-profiling laws and anchor babies permeates campaigns, the distinctions and nuances seem to dissipate.

Mass Media’s Failure

Don’t believe most everything you read about Latinos in the mass media. Latino Decisions tells us why:

A common negative stereotype of Latinos is that they are criminals and gang members.  This stereotype is attributed to some extent by perceptions that some are here illegally and also to their participation in crime and gangs which is perpetuated by the mass media