ERIC Number: ED023779
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1968-May
Reference Count: 0
The Losers; A Report on Puerto Ricans and the Public Schools.
Margolis, Richard J.
Puerto Rican youth lag behind white and Negro students in mathematical and verbal ability and reading comprehension and, although data seem incomplete, many of them seem to drop out of school because they feel alienated in the English-speaking school and because they feel a debilitating sense of a lack of control over what happens to them. Efforts have been made to change the attitudes of teachers toward their Puerto Rican pupils (e.g. trips to Puerto Rico and seminars to discuss mutual problems), but they have been ineffective; it may be more important to staff schools with Puerto Ricans and to introduce Puerto Rican culture into curriculum and textbooks than to try to change attitudes. It has been shown that Puerto Rican youth receiving bilingual instruction can simultaneously learn the subject matter in Spanish and acquire skills in the use of English. Also, for parents to help their children, they must be involved in the schools, and liaison, possibly through bilingual mediators, must be established to permit them to express their grievances and problems. (EF)
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Sponsor: Office of Education (DHEW), Washington, DC. Bureau of Research.
Authoring Institution: Aspira, Inc., New York, NY.