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For those educators quoted at the beginning of this essay, the answer is yes. They assert that the U.S. has a sky-high child-poverty rate compared to other developed countries.

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College Board. 2010. The educational crisis facing young men of color. New York: College Board.

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Far-reaching policies and action can make a difference. In fact, improving the outlook for communities of color will be essential to securing the future of the United States. The fastest-growing segments of the U.S. population are emerging communities of color--the same groups that currently have the lowest levels of educational attainment. The U.S. Census projects that racial and ethnic minorities will represent more than half of all children in the United States by 2023, and that the U.S. population will be 54 percent minority by 2050 (College Board 2010). Youth from these communities need full preparation for and access to higher education. It would be both immoral and impractical to ignore the disparities facing these young people, as a brighter future for them means a brighter future for all.

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In the 2007 edition of its annual publication The State of Black America, the National Urban League investigated challenges and highlighted critical issues facing African American men. The publication inspired the College Board to prioritize increasing the visibility of contemporary educational issues facing not only African American men, but all young men of color. To this end, in 2008 the College Board organized a series of conversations called Dialogue Days. The Dialogue Days convened researchers, activists, and practitioners to discuss concerns about challenges facing young men from four groups: African Americans, Hispanics, Native Americans, and Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders. The College Board's recent report The Educational Crisis Facing Young Men of Color draws from these conversations to call attention to current challenges and provide a hopeful perspective on how the nation might make real progress in addressing the circumstances that underlie these disparities.

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Men in each of the four groups face problematic conditions. Although these conditions are not monolithic, research on African American men has often served as a springboard for discussions about other "at risk" communities. Until recently, only limited information on Hispanic, Native American, and Asian American men has been available. Scholarly interest is rapidly growing, and with appropriate funding, new research will yield specific strategies to strengthen each community. The Educational Crisis Facing Young Men of Color represents one attempt to understand the different circumstances that affect each group's progress.

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Among the many challenges facing different communities, a few in particular stand out as affecting young men across groups. For example, the overrepresentation of minority men among those held back in or suspended from school is a significant component in young men's lack of academic success (Fenning and Rose 2007). These two factors affect school readiness and contribute to the often-cited "pipeline to prison" for African American boys in particular (Rashid 2009). While African American men compose about 7 percent of the overall U.S. population, they constitute over 40 percent of the prison population. Similarly, Hispanic men compose about 8 percent of the U.S. population but make up 20 percent of the prison population (U.S. Census Bureau 2010; Bureau of Justice Statistics 2009). As the vast majority of inmates are poorly educated, it stands to reason that education could be one tool to reverse this trend. The United States needs to build more schools instead of more prisons.

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The Educational Crisis Facing Young Men of Color draws from existing research to amplify the voices of those from the affected communities. The report found that "across the board, young men were not persisting in school or achieving at the same level as young women" (College Board 2010). While it is clearly important for young women to continue achieving at high levels, men's absence on campus and their resulting lack of preparation for the workforce create new dilemmas. The report therefore highlights the fact that many men, especially men of color, are being left behind, and a collaborative effort is needed to improve their condition.