Latinos And Education: TED Talk On Education Revolution To Improve Scores And Grad Rates


While the United States is trying to improve its education system and political candidates are proposing programs to create first class education, Latino students are still struggling. Especially in the lower income areas where there are lesser resources. There is no noise loud enough that speaks of Latino game changers that are bringing solutions to Latino education.

Which is why a number of Hispanic educators are making a difference. These people are sharing their experiences on PBS. PBS is initiating a "Spotlight Education" week starting September 13 with the show titled "TED Talks: Education Revolution."

PBS is part of "American Graduate: Let's Make It Happen," which is a public initiative to make sure more students (not only Latino) receive the education they deserve, graduate after college and ready for their careers, as reported by NBC News.

The program is a live telecast from New York's Town Hall Theater. Notable personalities and speakers are coming on stage to participate. One such person is Nadia Lopez, creator of Humans of New York (HONY). HONY is a blog that captures moments and people on photo.

Another person is Grey's Anatomy's own actress, Sara Ramirez. Being a Latina herself (coming from a mixed race) she co-hosts the Ted Talk and will also grace the stage with her performance of "Rollercoaster." She believes that she grew up with an advantage. But she experienced racism anyway. She recalls her younger years when people would look at her like she was going to steal. "Kids would tease me and tell me to go back to Mexico," says Ramirez.

Another speaker at the event is Dr. Victor Rios. Dr. Rios is a professor of sociology at the University of California, Santa Barbara. In his younger days, he was a teenage gang member until a teacher changed his life.

If you're interested to know more about these TED Talks on "Spotlight Education", tune in to PBS for more information or check out this video below:

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