“So often we’re comparing low-income minority children to the middle class majority and we start sending these mixed messages that don’t let us disentangle the influence of poverty from the experience of being a minority.
“There is this growing body of minority and immigrant children growing up in families that are not poor and they’re not delinquent, not at-risk. We need to know more about them and the best ways to study and understand them.”
Immigrant and minority children do not have to be forever associated with struggle and underachievement. It’s time to start focusing on their strengths — and help build on them.
Esther J. Cepeda is a columnist for the Washington Post Writers Group. She can be reached at email@example.com.