ERIC Number: ED182066
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1978-Aug-21
Keynote Address: National Conference on the Education of Hispanics.
Cardenas, Jose A.
Although in recent years federal, state and local initiatives have been directed toward improving the education of Hispanic children, no significant impacts have as yet been made. The major weakness may be that strategies are still being designed against the characteristics of the larger society and not against the particular minority group. Federal funding has been small, both in the number of federal dollars as well as in the percentage of target population served. The strongest federal effort has been funding for the bilingual education programs, and these have been enthusiastically received by the target population. However, hampering the success of bilingual education has been (1) the lack of a philosophical base, (2) inappropriate research and development efforts, (3) lack of leadership for proper program implementation, and (4) the "poorly conceived and even more poorly implemented" evaluation of bilingual education by the American Insitute for Research for the U.S. Office of Education. Problems in the education of Hispanic Americans are not limited to the elementary-secondary level, for lack of both federal and institutional responses have essentially excluded Hispanics from participation in Higher Education. Hispanic American leadership is sorely needed for the education of Hispanic American children; coalitions must be developed and directed to work toward meeting the educational needs of America's eight million Spanish-speaking children. (DS)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Intercultural Development Research Association, San Antonio, TX.