Magazine article The Hispanic Outlook in Higher Education

Hispanics: 1 in 5

Magazine article The Hispanic Outlook in Higher Education

Hispanics: 1 in 5

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The Malthus Theory

English-born Malthus' An Essay on the Principle of Population, stunned Europe when published in 1798. He argued that population multiplies geometrically whereas food supply only arithmetically. Therefore, eventually the world's population would vastly exceed the food supply It needed.

Over time Malthus revised his essay, adding new data, answering critics and defending his theory. A professor at the East India Company College, he became famous worldwide, but also acquired powerful enemies who tried close the college where he worked. They failed, but it illustrates the determination of those who opposed his Ideas.

Today, Malthusian theories are still discussed, but the enormous technological revolutions that have made agriculture so productive have chilled the arguments.

Hispanics: 1 in 5

Hispanic population growth in the United States has been widely discussed for the past few decades. Readers of Hispanic Outlook know the 40-year ever-growing migration trend has been dented by the economic recession, by the paltry recovery, by the deportation of 2 million Hispanics during the Obama presidency, by thousands who have retu rned of their own volition and by thousands of others who have decided not to migrate to the United States for other reasons.

The future is not crystal clear but by studying those already born, we can project trends quite accurately. To establish a baseline, we have picked Hispanic children in kindergarten. Over the past decade there has been a large increase In the number of states where at least 1 in 5 public school kindergarten students are Hispanic.

According to 2012 Census Bureau data, Hispanic children comprise at least 20 percent of public school kindergarten students In 17 states. They are Washington, Oregon, Idaho, Nevada, California, Arizona, New Mexico, Texas, Colorado, Kansas, Nebraska, Illinois, Florida, New York, Massachusetts, Connecticut and New Jersey. That growth and proliferation in so many states may surprise some, particularly since as recently as the year 2000 only eight states had that 20 percent configuration. They were California, Nevada, Arizona, New Mexico, Colorado, Texas, Illinois and Florida.

That's quite an Increase In 12 years. Further, those figures do not fully reflect Hispanic population growth because for a number of reasons, not all Hispanic children enroll in kindergarten.

Those states where at least 1 in 5 kindergartners are Hispanic include some states which historically have had few Híspanles such as Nebraska, Idaho and Washington State.

In Kansas and Oregon fully 1 in 4 kindergartners are Hispanic. That 25 percentage is the same rate as exists in New York, long a home base for Hispanic immigrants and migrants from Puerto Rico. New York has the fourth-largest Hispanic population in the country. For Kansas and Oregon to match them in Hispanic kindergarten percentages is quite revealing.

Hispanic Outlook readers know that Hispanics comprise 17 percent of the nation's population. At 54 million they are now dispersed in every single state. They are no longer confined to the "traditional'' Hispanic states. The Immigration numbers have Increased and like all Immigrants they moved to where the jobs were. Thus, such unlikely states as South Carolina, Georgia and Virginia have seen a surge of Hispanics.

Their presence impacts the very fabric of virtually every state. Their presence is not always appreciated. I recall seeing a Georgia native on television complaining that all he could find to eat at a recent Fourth of July celebration were "burritos and tacos." Further, he complained, "Why can't we have American food like hot dogs?"

I guess the fleckless fellow does not know that frankfurters were introduced to this country by German immigrants. The nation saw the name changed to hot dogs during the World War I because of the rabid anti-German sentiments that swept the United States. …

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