A brand new survey on Houston's attitudes toward education contains some surprises that may challenge "conventional wisdom."
The study was conducted by Rice University's Kinder Institute for Urban Research. It found that blacks and Hispanics are more likely than whites to believe that a college education is key to future success.
Ninety percent of African Americans agreed with that statement, as did 78-percent of Hispanics. Eighty-five percent of Asians concurred but only 64-percent of whites.
"Whenever I give these talks about the importance of education," said Dr. Stephen Klineberg, "people say to me, ‘well, if only Latinos valued education the way Asians do, then there'd be no problem; we'd make education available to everybody. They would have the same level of education.' [But] African-Americans and Latinos value education at least as much, if not more."
But why? Klineberg explains these ethnic groups are more likely to have seen firsthand the poverty caused by lack of education.