ERIC Number: ED196620
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1980-Nov
Reference Count: 0
A Legacy of Four Cultures: Education and the Mexican Americans. Working Papers on Meeting the Education Needs of Cultural Minorities.
Serrano, Vicente Z.
Because Hispanics are the fastest growing minority in the United States and are projected to become the largest minority during the 1980's, the education system must be more responsive to their needs. Fewer Hispanic children enroll in school than do non-Hispanics, many of them fall behind in school, and they have higher attrition rates than non-Hispanic students. Mexican American students are more often retained in grade, placed in low ability groups, or placed in classes for the educationally or mentally retarded than are other students. Mobility and language factors create educational problems for the migrant student. After providing information on historical background and present status of Hispanic students, the report describes the contributions of the following school programs and approaches: Title I, Head Start, Migrant Education, Bilingual Education, Vocational Education, and Special Education. Also discussed is the need for bilingual teachers and texts. Recommendations for improved Hispanic education include: (1) better records on Hispanic groups in order to better address specific educational needs; (2) elimination of all discrimination and segregation of Mexican Americans; (3) facilitation and validation of academic credit accrual and exchange process; and (4) increased bilingual education and other programs for limited-English-proficient students. (CM)
Descriptors: Bilingual Education, Cultural Background, Educational Legislation, Educational Needs, Educational Practices, Elementary Secondary Education, Hispanic Americans, Mexican American Education, Mexican Americans, Migrant Education, Multicultural Education, Population Growth, Racial Segregation
Publication Type: Information Analyses
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Education Commission of the States, Denver, CO.
Identifiers: Elementary Secondary Education Act Title I; Lau v Nichols
Note: For related documents, see RC 012 440-441.