Education is the essential tool needed to meet the high demands of today’s exclusive workforce. So it’s relieving that, according to figures compiled by the 2012 Census, a higher percentage of African-Americans are attending school compared to their white counterparts, BET reports. (Though, we would like to say, everyone should get a good education.)
According to statistics published in the Journal of Blacks in Higher Education, 31.4 percent of blacks over the age of three are in school while only 23 percent of whites in the same age group are enrolled in school. “[T]here were nearly 12 million African-American students enrolled at all levels of education,” BET noted.
In terms of college-level education, the same trend applies: Eight percent of blacks are enrolled in a higher-education institution compared to 6.2 percent of the white population.
However, when you zoom in on the African-American student population, the dichotomy between men and women attending colleges is raising eyebrows. “The Census figures indicated that 1.8 million Black women were enrolled in college, compared with 1.1 million Black men,” BET added. In other words, African-American female students account for a whopping 62 percent of all blacks enrolled in college.
It’s consoling to see that these statistics illustrate a closing of the school enrollment gap. But in terms of African-American men attending colleges, there’s still some work that needs to be done to narrow the gender disparity.
How do you think we can do that?