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?