In part two of our discussion with Vinson Palathingal, we get a glimpse of the impact of immigration on a person’s education and career opportunities. The lonely insecurity most immigrants experience drives them to be hardworking and successful, Vinson says. As a STEM graduate and school board member, he also has unique insight into maintaining excellent education and pursuing more STEM opportunities for all American students.

Did you miss last week’s episode featuring Vinson? Catch up here.

“If ordinary parents are sitting on [school] boards, then whatever they do will be in the best interest of the children, the society, the community. But we’ve become too busy with our own regular, day-to-day things, and we don’t pay attention.” — Vinson Palathingal, entrepreneur and engineer

Here are a few of the topics Vinson talks about today:

  • Why many immigrants are hard-working, driven people
  • The lack of quality in public schools is hurting middle-class Americans
  • How ordinary citizens can come together to rebuild the school system and set higher standards for their children
  • Parents need to know the inner workings of the education system and pay more attention to local politics
  • In order for schools and school boards to operate properly, there must be parental input
  • Being active in your children’s education

Listen to part one of Melvin’s conversation with Vinson, or check out more of our previous episodes on The State of Education with Melvin Adams.

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