Saturday, August 9, 2014

Non-Hispanic Whites Projected to be a Minority in American Public Schools for the 2014-2015 Academic Year

The Associated Press article is linked below.

Non-HIspanic Whites in Public Schools Projected to be a Minority in the Upcoming School Year

"For the first time ever, U.S. public schools are projected this fall to have more minority students than non-Hispanic whites enrolled, a shift largely fueled by growth in the number of Hispanic children.

Non-Hispanic white students are still expected to be the largest racial group in the public schools this year at 49.8 percent. But the National Center for Education Statistics says minority students, when added together, will now make up the majority.

About one-quarter of the minority students are Hispanic, 15 percent are black and 5 percent are Asian and Pacific Islanders. Biracial students and Native Americans make up a smaller share of the minority student population."

---Associated Press, August 9, 2014

Sunday, July 13, 2014

From New Year's Day Through the World Cup Final, Here's a Chronicle of 2014

Linked below is a running chronicle of calendar year 2014.  One the day of this post, it covers January 1, 2014 through July 13, 2013. In the coming days, I will update the record of this year as events dictate.

I will be using this record of 2014 in the high school courses that I teach.

A Chronicle of 2014

Tuesday, July 8, 2014

Marijuana Sales for Recreational Use Now Legal in the State of Washington

State of Washington
July 8, 2014 will be remembered as a milestone date stemming from the results of Election Day, November 6, 2012.

One the same day that the American electorate awarded President Barack Obama with a second term, voters in the state of Washington approved a referendum allowing for the legal sales of recreational marijuana for the northwestern state.

Nearly two years later---Tuesday, July 8, 2014---legal recreational marijuana sales began in Washington.

AP: Legal Marijuana Sales for Recreational Use Begin in State of Washington

Seattle Times: November 6, 2012 Article on Voter Approval of the Marijuana Referendum

Seattle Times: Post Sales Legal in Washington, July 8, 2014

Seattle Times: Seattle Has its First Legal Recreational Weed Sales

Thursday, June 26, 2014

Pew Research: U.S. Census Bureau Data Indicate that, Among Babies Born in the Year Ending in Mid-2013, Non-Hispanic Whites Exceeded Minorities by Only 3,000 or so

The Pew Research Center article is linked below.

Pew Research: Minority Babies a Near Majority in the Year Ending in Mid-2013

"But minorities are not yet the majority of any age group, even babies, in the bureau’s new estimates. Among the nation’s 3.9 million children younger than age 1 in 2013, there were about 3,000 more non-Hispanic whites than minorities—essentially equal shares."

---D'Vera Cohn, Pew Research Center, June 26, 2014

Wall Street Journal: An Expanding American Generational Racial-Ethnic Demographic Divide

The Wall Street Journal article is linked below.

Wall Street Journal: American Youth Increasingly More Diverse than Elderly

Al-Jazeera: American Fertility Decline Continued into 2013; Non-Hispanic Whites Experienced Natural Decline for 2nd Consecutive Year

The Al-Jazeera article is linked below.

Natural Decrease for U.S. Non-Hispanic Whites for 2nd Consecutive Year

"For the second year in a row, deaths of non-Hispanic whites outnumbered births from July 1, 2012, to July 1, 2013, according to population estimates released Thursday by the U.S. Census Bureau."
---Haya El Nasser, Al-Jazeera, June 26, 2014

USA Today: One-Year Asian Population Increase Fueled by Immigration Into U.S.

The USA Today article is linked below.

USA Today: Asians Outpacing Hispanics in U.S. Net Migration Last Year

Tuesday, June 24, 2014

CBS News and New York Times Poll: 75% of Americans Say the Iraq War was not Worth it


CBS News article reporting on the poll results is linked below.

CBS News: Three-Fourths of the American Public Says Iraq War not Worth it

"Just 18 percent of Americans think the result of the war in Iraq was worth the loss of American lives and other costs of attacking Iraq, the lowest percentage ever recorded in CBS News Polls."

---CBS News, June 23, 2014

Thursday, June 19, 2014

Pew Research: U.S. Born Workers Now a Majority of American Hispanic Labor Force

The Pew Research Center article and report is linked below.

Immigrants Now a Minority of U.S. Hispanic Labor Force

"For the first time in nearly two decades, immigrants do not account for the majority of Hispanic workers in the United States. Meanwhile, most of the job gains made by Hispanics during the economic recovery from the Great Recession of 2007-09 have gone to U.S.-born workers, according to a new Pew Research Center analysis of government data."

---Rakesh Kochhar, Pew Research Center

Saturday, May 24, 2014

The 2012 Presidential Election and State Population Densities

Last summer, I examined the relationship between state population densities and the outcome of the 2012 Presidential Election.  The blog post is linked below.

State Population Densities and the 2012 Presidential Election

Tuesday, April 1, 2014

White House: Obamacare Sign-Ups Reach 7 Million Benchmark

President Barack Obama

CNN coverage is linked below.

Obamacare Sign-Ups HIt 7 Million

Washington Post: 7.04 Million

"The White House announced Tuesday that more than 7 million Americans have signed up for health plans under the Affordable Care Act, marking a sharp turnaround for a federal campaign to sell the nation on new health insurance from disastrous beginnings six months ago."
----Washington Post, April 1, 2014

Friday, March 21, 2014

The New Republic's Anne Applebaum: The Cautionary Lessons From History Regarding Revolutions that, in Part, Played Out in the Streets

Anne Applebaum's article at The New Republic is linked below.

Lessons About Revolutionary Fervor in the Streets

"Yet a successful street revolution, like any revolution, is never guaranteed to leave anything positive in its aftermath—or anything at all. In the West, we often now associate protests with progress, or at least we assume that big crowds—the March on Washington, Paris in 1968—are the benign face of social change. But street revolutions are not always progressive, positive, or even important. Some replace a corrupt tyranny with violence and a political vacuum, which is what happened in Libya. Ukraine’s own Orange Revolution of 2004–2005 produced a new group of leaders who turned out to be just as incompetent as their predecessors. Crowds can be bullying, they can become violent, and they can give rise to extremists: Think Tehran 1979, or indeed Petrograd 1917."

---Anne Applebaum, The New Republic