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Thursday, May 18, 2017

Critical thinking

"By both race and gender there is a higher percentage of black women (9.7 percent) enrolled in college than any other group including Asian women (8.7 percent), white women (7.1 percent) and white men (6.1 percent), according to the 2011 U.S. Census Bureau."

This is great, but it doesn't make black women "the most educated group" in the US, as some media were reporting.  

22% of black women have college degrees, which is lower than white women, Asian women, Asian men, and white men. It's impressive in historical terms, but more than 50% of Asians get college degrees, so an Individual from that group is twice as likely to have college degree as a black woman.

So how can you go from that 9.7 statistic to that conclusion? That is probably the percentage of all people, not the percentage of college age people. Because, well, it is obvious that 91% of Asian women of college age are not skipping college. So if the black population is younger on the whole, then it would include more college age people, but you would have to correct for demographics first. Also, attending college is not as significant as graduating.   

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