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ERIC Number: ED001501
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1963
Pages: 10
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WANTED--A NEW EDUCATIONAL PHILOSOPHY FOR THE MEXICAN-AMERICAN.
LEON, MARCOS DE
TODAY, MEXICAN-AMERICANS TOTAL FIVE MILLION THROUGHOUT THE SOUTHWEST FROM TEXAS TO CALIFORNIA. THEY BELONG TO A DISTINCT CULTURE LOCATED IN THE SOUTHWEST TERRITORY BEFORE ITS CESSION TO MEXICO. THE MEXICAN-AMERICAN HAS BEEN FORCED BY HIS OWN WILL AND THE PRESSURES OF SOCIETY TO LIVE IN AN UNWANTED PART OF THE COMMUNITY. HIS EDUCATIONAL EXPERIENCE HAS OFTEN EXCLUDED HIS OWN CULTURE AND BACKGROUND, YET HE HAS REMAINED A FOREIGNER. THE EDUCATIONAL PHILOSOPHY GOVERNING THE MEXICAN-AMERICAN IS NOT, BUT SHOULD BE, EQUIPPED TO GUIDE THE YOUTH IN A BICULTURAL LIFE. THIS MAY BE DONE BY ESTABLISHING IN EDUCATIONAL OBJECTIVES A SMOOTHER AND MORE STABLE PROCESS OF DIFFUSION AND ASSIMILATION AND BY RECOGNIZING THE FUNCTION OF CULTURE IN PERSONALITY GROWTH. NO INTELLIGENT ANSWERS TO THESE DIFFICULT PROBLEMS HAVE COME FORTH. VERY FEW PROGRAMS HAVE BEEN UNDERTAKEN TO HELP ALLEVIATE MEXICAN-AMERICAN PROBLEMS, AND THE ONLY METHOD SEEN NOW IS THE CONSTRUCTIVE PROCESS OF LONG-RANGE STUDY AND PLANNING. AT PRESENT, IT IS APPARENT THAT EDUCATIONAL INSTITUTIONS DO NOT FUNCTION PROPERLY UNDER THE STRAIN OF A BICULTURAL COMMUNITY. IN THE FUTURE, ATTEMPTS MUST BE MADE TO INCORPORATE THE TWO CULTURES WITHIN THE SCHOOL CURRICULUM.
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