Why do Asian-American students achieve higher grades than Latino-American students?
Despite the fact that the students come from the same socioeconomic
background (median annual household incomes below $50,000 in working-class Los Angeles neighborhoods), Asian-American students disproportionately get better grades, attend AP courses, and go to college than their Latino-American counterparts. Students
at Lincoln High School
sit down for a frank discussion of why that is.
EducationFilter: California becomes the first state
to mandate all 8th graders take Algebra; in part because U.S. students constantly trail
their peers from other nations in mathematics. At least one person thinks it's a bad idea
("If only 25 percent of this nation ever earns a college degree, why insist that all children take algebra in eighth grade?"). Here's
the algebra curriculum 8th graders will have to learn. [more inside]
Prior to 1990, over a hundred illegal immigrants died attempting to cross the I-5 in Southern California. The answer? Put up a sign, of course.
The sign has been seen as racist, and sometimes as a joke. The L.A. Times profiles the man who designed the sign, a Vietnam veteran who grew up on a Navajo reservation.
The sign in question has become iconic in the debate on immigration policies, and a copy of it now sits in the Smithsonian
. Via Strongly Worded Letter.