For too long, California’s policymakers and educators have paid scant attention to the academic performance of the state’s Asian, Filipino, and Pacific Islander students. Comprising 12 percent of the total student population, these three are among the state’s fastest growing racial and ethnic groups. Together, they constitute the third-largest student group after Latinos and whites.
Many observers consider Asian-American students a “model minority.” That is, according to this view, even though Asian and Pacific Islanders are racial and ethnic minorities, and many often are first-generation or low-income students, their work ethic and intellectual drive ensures success in school.
August 12 2010