Hispanic students in the United States face challenges that stem from various factors including socio-cultural issues, poverty, and lack of education. Anyone of these factors present obstacles for sustainable opportunities; however, the barriers to educational opportunities create the most profound effecton Hispanic students.
Barriers to Educational Opportunities for Hispanics in the United States
One of the most significant issues that Hispanic students face is socioeconomic when parents’ socioeconomic situations are less than stable. Issues of immigration status, low-wage work, and the parents’ own lack of opportunity for education, create an environment that is not able to support Hispanic children’s educational goals and objectives. The difficulties in navigating the U.S. educational system present additional challenges for Hispanic students and parents.
Language and cultural barriers can make understanding and comprehending how U.S. academic procedures work within schools intimidating and difficult for many Hispanic families. Finding support systems within these educational institutions, can be time consuming and costly. Unfortunately, many schools do not provide adequate support for Hispanic students and families to become comfortable in navigating through the system.
Accessibility to resources is key in overcoming some of these barriers within the educational system and when funding for bilingual teachers, guidance counselors, and student advocates are cut or are unavailable, it makes the process of assimilating into the U.S. educational system, that much more difficult for Hispanic students. It is important to find strategies to reverse these trends and provide Hispanic students and families with the opportunities to succeed and become productive members of our society.
Breaking the Barriers and Reversing Trends
Academic success for all students has to stem from both a stable and supportive home environment as well as a school that understands the goals and needs of its entire population. For Hispanic students, both of these objectives can be difficult to achieve. Tutors, mentors and educational advocates can play a key role in helping Hispanic students and families achieve success. It is vital that Hispanic students and families have access to individuals and resources who can help them reach their goals.
Establishing supportive relationships where students feel comfortable, safe and challenged, is important in order to create a generation of students who see the value of education and the value within themselves. Many of the students who seek educational support are often the first generation to have the capability and the accessibility to pursue higher levels of education.
For mentors and tutors, it is important to create an environment that allows students to feel confident in achieving their goals. Success in education occurs when advocates, parents, and educational systems recognize the issues facing Hispanic students, and provide solutions to address their needs at all levels. Commitment and understanding of the unique challenges facing this population is required to overcome these obstacles.