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ERIC Number: ED119925
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1975
Pages: 24
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Education Futurism and the Mexican-American Student.
Bane, Mary E.
Since today's education is strictly white middle class with little diversion to other ethnic cultures, the Mexican American student finds that it is not relevant to his being or his present day situation. Compounding the problem is that the Mexican American has to deal with the existence of two cultures--one of his parents which he maintains at home and in all his social encounters, and his own, the American one, which he has to learn in order to keep up with the school system. According to Dr. George I. Sanchez, "there is a lack of motivation which originates in the schools 'where the child, in the process of gaining an education, internalizes attitudes of inferiority, futility, and frustration'." Robert Theobald sees today's education as a training experience instead of an educated one. He says education is "the process of providing each individual with the capacity to develop his potential to the full". The education process must then involve students in decision making, in choosing what type of learning experience they will become involved with. However, the Mexican American will not be able to enter the world designed by Theobald until educational systems recognize the problem and work to help them meet the future. Educational systems have to meet them halfway in humanistic terms, culturally aware of what the Mexican American can contribute to the society. (NQ)
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Note: Prepared for "Issues in Contemporary Education" class