12/23/2012 11:34 am ET

Media Drive Negative Hispanic Narrative

Judging by news coverage of the nation's fastest-growing ethnic minority, you'd think that “the Hispanic condition” was a pathology. With the exception of growing power in the voting booth, the news makes it seem as though we're all poor, sick and generally unable to cope with life as well as others.

There are too many examples of the negativity that seems to drive reporting on — and perceptions of — the health and economic well-being of Hispanics to list here. But let me illustrate my point with some recent coverage surrounding Latino learners.

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