Friday, July 25, 2014

UK Whites Least, Chinese Mostly Likely To Apply For University

UK Whites Least, Chinese Mostly Likely To Apply For University

educationviews  ...Ucas admissions service provide an early analysis of young people applying to start university this autumn ooks at applications from 18-year-olds in England’s state schools – and compares this year’s cohort with 2006. Wealth gap The figures show a substantial increase in university applications among all groups – but with wide variations according to ethnicity and income. Almost 45% of Asian teenagers applied to university, compared with 39% of black teenagers and 31% of white teenagers. This shows that since 2006 black teenagers have overtaken their white counterparts in the proportion applying to university. The proportion of white teenagers has risen from 25% to 31%, but not as quickly as black teenagers, whose application rates rose much more rapidly from 24% to 39%

Thursday, July 24, 2014

Saint Paul Hmong Family Excels Together

Saint Paul Hmong Family Excels Together


  1. Press ‎- 20 hours ago
    Hmong student grades have lagged for years, but the Thao family, which brought Johnson High its ... (Pioneer Press: Ben Garvin) ... of Johnson High legend: They take the school's most challenging courses and excel at them.


Moua and Thao don't have fond memories of their schooling. She arrived in Chicago at age 8. He came to Minnesota at 11.
Neither spoke a word of English.
Jepheny Thao (18) poses for a photo at Johnson High School in St. Paul on Wednesday, July 23, 2014.  (Pioneer Press: Ben Garvin)
Jepheny Thao (18) poses for a photo at Johnson High School in St. Paul on Wednesday, July 23, 2014. (Pioneer Press: Ben Garvin)
Both traveled from Thai refugee camps to the United States with widowed mothers who were illiterate and too overwhelmed by the transition to get involved in their education.
Neither participated in sports or other school activities. Moua's earliest memory of school involves enlisting a Hmong student who spoke some English to ask the teacher for permission so she could go to the bathroom.
Their kids have been a different story. In 2013, when their elder children were all at Johnson, all four ranked first or second in their classes.
Before heading to Carleton College in Northfield as a pre-med student that year, Justin was the senior class president, the National Honor Society vice president and the soccer and tennis team captain. He played the drums in honors band, mentored younger students in the school's Link Crew program and volunteered at Woodwinds Hospital in Woodbury.
Jepheny, who will follow Justin to Carleton this fall, was involved in student council, the tennis team, the choir, National Honor Society and Link Crew. She is also a member of a Hmong dance group and the lead singer at Hmong Hope Community Church's worship band, where she started out as a seventh-grader so shy the congregation could barely hear her at the microphone.
Sister Josalyza and brother Jethro are quickly racking up similar lists of accomplishments at Johnson, where roughly half of the students are Hmong. Sister Josapheena will be a freshman at Johnson next year; brother Jerusalem and sister Jewellynna are at Capitol Hill Gifted and Talented Magnet.

High Tech Like Twitter Dominated By White Asian Men

High Tech Like Twitter Dominated By White Asian Men  ---

USA Today July 24, 2014 Jesse Jackson's PUSH coalition started campaign on Twitter for tech companies to reveal their race and gender hiring patterns, and called on Twitter to set targets and timetables, which is a politically correct way to ask for proportional quotas to fix the problem. In response, Yahoo, Google, Facebook, LinkedIn and Twitter released numbers 3-4% Hispanic and 2% Blacks among employees, while 90% of Twitter's workers are white or Asian, and 90% of technology jobs in the U.S. are held by the two groups. AP reported "Twitter acknowledged Wednesday that it has been hiring too many white and Asian men to fill high-paying technology jobs", though there was no evidence that the proportions were any different from the qualified labor pool.

newsone: Google estimated 1 percent of its tech staff is Black and 2 percent Hispanic. Meanwhile, Asians make up whopping 34 percent of the company’s workforce, while 83 percent of its workers internationally are male Twitter’s silence is perplexing, given that Blacks, Hispanics and Asian Americans account for 41 percent of U.S. users, making the platform more racially diverse than most social networks, including Facebook. Black people account for 18 percent of Twitter users, compared with 10 percent of Internet users overall, the Wall Street Journal recently reported.


SAT percentile charts by race:

jobs in science, technology, engineering and mathematics are projected to grow by 17 percent by 2018, compared to 9.8 percent for jobs in other fields, according to estimates from the U.S. Department of Commerce.
That’s good and bad news for women and minorities, who are barely represented in one of the nation’s fastest growing job sectors.
It’s potential good news because it represents an abundance of opportunities for the American workforce, which as of 2012 was 47 percent female, 16 percent Hispanic, 2 percent Black and 12 percent Asian, according to numbers from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.
Further, the technology sector could help reduce the outsize unemployment rate among Blacks in the U.S., which was 10.7 percent in June 2014, compared with a white unemployment rate of 5.3 percent. As National Urban League president and CEO Marc H. Morial noted in an interview with NewsOne, “There is no doubt that opening the doors much wider to technology jobs and technology opportunities is, in fact, a key to dealing with unemployment and the underemployment problem in the community.”

Under pressure, Google released diversity numbers in May after going years without revealing the figures. An estimated 1 percent of its tech staff is Black and 2 percent Hispanic. Meanwhile, Asians make up whopping 34 percent of the company’s workforce, while 83 percent of its workers internationally are male, according to USA Today.

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Minority Scientists and Engineers

Minority Scientists and Engineers  --- SAT students taking test 2008 59.8 white 12.1 black 13.2 hispanic 10.5 asian 0.7   nativeam

Percentile for 700 math white - top 6% black - top 1% hispanic - top 1% Asian - top 19%

 So you would expect relative to whites, blacks and hispanics to be 1/6 and Asian 20 times their SAT taker population at a place like google which generally hires from the top 5%
Tech Workforce Top 6% 
2008 SAT takersOverrepscaledpctgoogle
96.3total28594.8100.00% With the exception of Asians, minorities are a small proportion of scientists and engineers in the United States. Asians were 9 percent of scientists and engineers in the United States in 1993, although they were only 3 percent of the U.S. population. Blacks, Hispanics, and American Indians as a group were 23 percent of the U.S. population but only 6 percent of the total science and engineering labor force. [29] Blacks and Hispanics were each about 3 percent, and American Indians were less than 1 percent of scientists and engineers. (See figure 5-1.) doctoral science and engineering labor force, the differences in representation of racial and ethnic groups are greater than is the case within the science and engineering labor force as a whole. Underrepresented minorities are an even smaller proportion of doctoral scientists and engineers in the United States than they are of bachelor's or master's scientists and engineers. Asians were 11 percent of doctoral scientists and engineers in the United States in 1993. Blacks were 2 percent, Hispanics were 2 percent, and American Indians were less than half of 1 percent of doctoral scientists and engineers. (See appendix table 5-33.)
S&E Bachelor's Degrees by Race/Ethnicity. The racial/ethnic composition of S&E bachelor's degree recipients has changed over time, reflecting population changes and increasing college attendance by members of minority groups.[17]Between 2000 and 2009, the proportion of S&E degrees awarded to white students among U.S. citizens and permanent residents declined from 71% to 66%, although the number of S&E bachelor's degrees earned by white students increased during that time (figure 2-15appendix table 2-19). The proportion awarded to Hispanic students increased from 7% to 9% and to Asians/Pacific Islanders from 9% to 10%. The shares to black and American Indian/Alaska Native students have remained flat since 2000. The number of S&E bachelor's degrees earned by students of unknown race/ethnicity also increased.
Despite considerable progress over the past couple of decades for underrepresented minority groups earning bachelor's degrees in any field, the gap in educational attainment between young minorities and whites continues to be wide. The percentage of the population ages 25–29 with bachelor's or higher degrees was 19% for blacks, 12% for Hispanics, and 37% for whites in 2009. These figures changed from 13%, 10%, and 26%, respectively, in 1989 (NCES 2010a). Differences in completion of bachelor's degrees in S&E by race/ethnicity reflect differences in high school completion rates, college enrollment rates, and college persistence and attainment rates. In general, blacks, Hispanics, and American Indian/Alaska Natives are less likely than whites and Asians/Pacific Islanders to graduate from high school, to enroll in college, and to graduate from college. (For information on immediate post-high school college enrollment rates, see chapter 1, "Transition to Higher Education.") Among those who do enroll in or graduate from college, blacks, Hispanics, and American Indians/Alaska Natives are about as likely as whites to choose S&E fields; and Asians/Pacific Islanders are more likely than members of other racial/ethnic groups to choose these fields. For Asians/Pacific Islanders, almost half of all bachelor's degrees received are in S&E, compared with about one-third of all bachelor's degrees earned by each of the other racial/ethnic groups. However, the proportion of Asians/Pacific Islanders earning degrees in the social sciences is similar to other racial/ethnic groups (appendix table 2-19).
The contrast in field distribution among whites, blacks, Hispanics, and American Indians/Alaska Natives on the one hand and Asians/Pacific Islanders on the other is apparent within S&E fields as well. White, black, Hispanic, and American Indian/Alaska Native S&E baccalaureate recipients share a similar distribution across broad S&E fields. In 2009, between 9% and 11% of all baccalaureate recipients in each of these racial/ethnic groups earned their degrees in the natural sciences,[18] 3%–4% in engineering, and 15%–18% in the social and behavioral sciences. Asian/Pacific Islander baccalaureate recipients earned 20% of their bachelor's degrees in natural sciences and 8% in engineering (appendix table 2-19).
For all racial/ethnic groups, the total number of bachelor's degrees, the number of S&E bachelor's degrees, and the number of bachelor's degrees in most S&E fields (with the exception of computer sciences) has generally increased since 2000 (appendix table 2-19). Across all racial/ethnic groups, the number of degrees in computer sciences increased considerably through 2003–04 and then sharply declined through 2008. Except for Asians/Pacific Islanders, whose numbers in computer sciences continued to fall in 2009, the decline in other racial/ethnic groups stabilized. In the case of Hispanics, the number of computer science degrees awarded increased.
Bachelor's Degrees by Citizenship. Since 2000, students on temporary visas in the United States have consistently earned a small share (3%–4%) of S&E degrees at the bachelor's level. These students earned a larger share of bachelor's degrees awarded in economics and in electrical and industrial engineering in 2009 (about 9%). The number of S&E bachelor's degrees awarded to students on temporary visas increased from about 15,200 in 2000 to about 18,800 in 2004, and then declined to 17,100 in 2009 (appendix table 2-19). googledoc
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Tuesday, July 22, 2014

New Republic: Don't Let Your Kids Grow Up To Be Ivy League Students

New Republic: Don't Let Your Kids Grow Up To Be Ivy League Students

So extreme are the admission standards now that kids who manage to get into elite colleges have, by definition, never experienced anything but success. The prospect ofnot being successful terrifies them, disorients them. The cost of falling short, even temporarily, becomes not merely practical, but existential. The result is a violent aversion to risk. You have no margin for error, so you avoid the possibility that you will ever make an error. Once, a student at Pomona told me that she’d love to have a chance to think about the things she’s studying, only she doesn’t have the time. I asked her if she had ever considered not trying to get an A in every class. She looked at me as if I had made an indecent suggestion.
There are exceptions, kids who insist, against all odds, on trying to get a real education. But their experience tends to make them feel like freaks. One student told me that a friend of hers had left Yale because she found the school “stifling to the parts of yourself that you’d call a soul.”
...elite students are told that they can be whatever they want, but most of them end up choosing to be one of a few very similar things. As of 2010, about a third of graduates went into financing or consulting at a number of top schools, including Harvard, Princeton, and Cornell. Whole fields have disappeared from view: the clergy, the military, electoral politics, even academia itself, for the most part, including basic science. It’s considered glamorous to drop out of a selective college if you want to become the next Mark Zuckerberg, but ludicrous to stay in to become a social worker. “What Wall Street figured out,” as Ezra Klein has put it, “is that colleges are producing a large number of very smart, completely confused graduates. Kids who have ample mental horsepower, an incredible work ethic and no idea what to do next.”
For the most selective colleges, this system is working very well indeed. Application numbers continue to swell, endowments are robust, tuition hikes bring ritual complaints but no decline in business. Whether it is working for anyone else is a different question.
...In 1985, 46 percent of incoming freshmen at the 250 most selective colleges came from the top quarter of the income distribution. By 2000, it was 55 percent. As of 2006, only about 15 percent of students at the most competitive schools came from the bottom half. The more prestigious the school, the more unequal its student body is apt to be. And public institutions are not much better than private ones. As of 2004, 40 percent of first-year students at the most selective state campuses came from families with incomes of more than $100,000, up from 32 percent just five years earlier.... major reason he ever-growing cost of manufacturing children who are fit to compete in the college admissions game.

...there anything that I can do, a lot of young people have written to ask me, to avoid becoming an out-of-touch, entitled little shit? I don’t have a satisfying answer, short of telling them to transfer to a public university.