ERIC Number: ED187490
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1980-Feb-17
Reference Count: 0
Chicano Education: Clearer Objectives and Better Results.
Montano, Martin C.
Current demographic statistics indicate that a nation within a nation is emerging; Mexican Americans, numbering 12 million in 1978, must be dealt with educationally, economically, socially, and politically. Approximately 42% of Mexican Americans are under 18 years old. Hispanic students form the largest ethnic minority population (34%) in the Los Angeles Unified School District. However, in 1978, 17.2% of Hispanics 25 years old and over had completed less than 5 years of school compared to 3% of non-Hispanic persons, and only 40.8% of Hispanics 25 years old and over had completed 4 years of high school compared to 67.1% of non-Hispanics. Reinforcing the well established correlation between years of education and annual income, the average Hispanic family income in 1977 was $11,421 compared to $16,284 for a non-Hispanic family. Hispanic families living below the poverty level comprised 21.4% of the population compared to 8.7% of non-Hispanics. To reduce the poverty and insufficient education that are major barriers to economic growth and access to full opportunity, objectives for the education of Mexican Americans during the 1980's should be to reverse the school drop-out rate, to make the curricula relevant and meaningful according to the child's needs, to be ready to educate and employ the increasing number of Hispanics, and to develop interviewing techniques to screen in instead of screen out potential employees. (NEC)
Publication Type: Information Analyses; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Note: Paper presented at the American Association of School Administrators Annual Convention (112, Anaheim, CA, February 17, 1980).