Something I have always noticed is that each society has stereotypes of its own. Most of them are just popular rumors. As we advance and grow as learned people we understand the platitude of treating people as individuals, instead of stereotyping groups of people. While some stereotypes may be built on some level of truth, it effectively serves as a basis to falsely generalize people and individuals that you don’t know.

One of the biggest stereotypes in America is about the different groups of people and their education. Asians , whites, blacks and Latinos all have some stereotype about them regarding their educational prowess. But out of all the stereotypes heard I’ve never heard a positive one about African immigrants.africanstudent

As everyone knows by now, immigrants to America frequently instill a greater sense of pride in education. This  leads to their children often doing better academically according to a study from John Hopkins University. This is attributable to the hardships they usually endured in their country of origin, or the family values they retain while trying to assimilate into American culture.

Yes: they have a higher academic achievement than Americans. In fact, out of all groups, African immigrants and their children come out on top.

Ironically, out of all the stereotypes attributed to people, academic achievement really has never been one of modern African immigrant, and one has to beg the question why. African immigrants to the US have the highest ratio of academic achievement of any ethnic group in the US, and yet it is relatively unknown even to the point it feels like the information may be suppressed.

An important question is: why is there a disparity of academic achievement among certain groups of people? The reason is because ,as of now, people are not treated the same. The poor are not treated the same as the rich, minorities are not treated the same as the majority, and women are not treated the same as men. All of this comes from a mindset and culture that abstractly teaches equality, but doesn’t actually teach it inherently and absolutely: relying on respect and empathy.

While the divide is stark and extreme, and is in great need of fixing, I am reminded of this quote:

“No one has ever made himself great by showing how small someone else is.” -Irvin Himmel

So how do we attack stereotypes while trying to solve the problems of our day. We do it by treating everyone as individuals, and when you respect each person as an individual, it reinforces a humbleness within ourselves. An urge to be compassionate enough to reach across the aisle to solve problems. Someone elses’ problem becomes my problem because we all are on the road of life and we all deserve the pursuit of happiness. And once we have this unity, we can achieve much more than we ever could individually.