Coconut Generation

The Next Generation of Asian Indians

Coconuts in Public Schools July 17, 2007

Filed under: Leadership,News,Youth — Sam George @ 2:45 am

Most of the coconut generation are public school products. Some go to private Christian schools and very few are home schooled. Indians know the value of good education. Their ability to move to most advanced economic system and excell can be traced to their excellent education and work ethics.

Now they have to worry about their children going to the US public education system. They find it does not match the rigor of early education in India and American culture has many distractive elements that keeps kids off from studies.

The Washington Post recently published an investigative series, revealing D.C.’s public schools are “close to the highest-spending and worst-performing in the nation.” The results include low test scores, dilapidated buildings—and neglected students, some of whom end up in a life of crime.

Such reports scares the Indian American parents. They find themselves trapped between the desire to pursue the American dream and wonder if their kids ever will be as successful. If the children of early immigrants (those who came in 70s and 80s) are any indication, it is evident that the second generation is generally failing to live upto or exceed the expectations of immigrant parents.

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One Response to “Coconuts in Public Schools”

  1. Joe Varghese Says:

    With the availability of good Christian schools, is there any increasing trends towards 2nd-generation parents choosing to send their children to private school? That seems to be the “easy” answer to the solution of declining standards in public schools …

    The other would be movement of Indian families to areas with good school districts, and that seems to be the case in the Chicago area i.e., Elmhurst, Naperville, etc are fast becoming pockets of suburbia with high % of desis


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