Conflict between needs of gray and brown has arrived!
Poverty Among Seniors Getting Harder to Ignore
The gap between what seniors need to live on versus what they have might land squarely on state and local governments.
NC is a microcosm of the future:
"A study by the Georgetown University Center on Education and the Workforce estimated that by 2018, 59 percent of jobs in North Carolina would require education beyond high school.
But churning out more college grads is easier said than done. North Carolina's fast-growing population is much more diverse, with stubborn minority and gender achievement gaps and disparities between urban and rural areas. Meanwhile, the aging of baby boomers means that the state does not have enough young, educated people to replace the retiring workers."
"From 1990 to 2007, population growth in North Carolina was 127 percent among whites, 133 percent among blacks and 829 percent among Hispanics.
But Hispanics have the lowest educational attainment of any other minority group in North Carolina. Forty-eight percent of Latinos ages 25 to 44 don't have high school diplomas, according to census data.
"The fastest growing population is also the least likely to get out of high school," said Dennis Jones of the National Center for Higher Education Management Systems.
That has to change, said Jim Johnson, a demography researcher with UNC-Chapel Hill's Kenan-Flagler Business School.
He told the panel that North Carolina must embrace its newcomer population to prosper economically. The birth rate of Hispanic women in the state is about double that of whites.
"We're going to need them," Johnson said. "If you can't make them, you've got to import them.""
""The question becomes where do you get the next generation of talent from … to make sure that the kid that walks across the stage is equipped and ready to compete in a global economy where the only constant is change and uncertainty," he said. "That's the new normal, folks, and we have to reinvent K-12 education to prepare kids for the new normal."
UNC panel ponders economic, demographic changes