The cheerful sign outside Jane Cornell’s summer school classroom in Pennsylvania’s wealthiest county reads “Welcome” and “Bienvenidos” in polished handwriting.
Inside, giggling grade-schoolers who mostly come from homes where Spanish is the primary language worked on storytelling with a tale about a crocodile going to the dentist. This poster and classroom at the Mary D. Lang Kindergarten Center are a subtle representation of America’s changing school demographics.
For the first time, U.S. public schools are projected to have more minority students than non-Hispanic whites, 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 according to the National Center for Education Statistics, minority students, when added together, will now make up the majority.
Of course, I’m sure this will really come as no major surprise to Lizards here, many of whom have long noted America’s changing demographics. That being said, I’m expecting the wingnuts to make much hay out of this story, and I have little doubt it will amp up the already shrill whining from the xenophobe wing of the party.
So brace yourselves for a Twitter storm of stupid, because it’s probably right on the horizon.
Tonight’s screaming headline at Drudge Report: