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How Do the Children of Immigrant Parents Perform in School?

As of 2016, there were some 11.5 million elementary- and secondary-school students in the U.S. whose parents were born in a foreign country, such as Mexico, China, India, the Philippines, or El Salvador. They represented 22% of the total student population.1 According to notions about educational success that are prevalent among sociologists, education researchers, and journalists, these students should be struggling in school. The predominant view is that academic success is tied to a student’s family income and wealth, social class, ability to go to schools with good teachers and abundant resources, and “white privilege.” Read More

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