A “Sotomayor Effect” on Latino schoolkids?

Today, Sonia Sotomayor became the first Hispanic justice on the United States Supreme Court.

Sotomayor is Puerto Rican (born in the states), and she grew up in a housing project in the South Bronx. She was later educated in the Ivy League and served as a federal judge for 17 years.

In an Education Week blog, assistant editor Mary Ann Zehr wondered if this first would trigger — as Sec. of Education Arne Duncan put it — a “Sotomayor Effect.”

No doubt, some Latino youths, and other youths as well, will take note and may pay attention to how working hard in school contributed to her success.

Do you agree?

Katy Murphy

Education reporter for the Oakland Tribune. Contact me at kmurphy@bayareanewsgroup.com.

  • Debora

    I say what about the Sotomayer effect for girls. Ms. Sotomayer shows that standing up for what you believe, being able to argue effectively and having a will to succeed even when schools or society have average expectations can be overcome with hard work and persistence.

  • Katy Murphy

    Good point, Debora. I should have noted that!