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ERIC Number: ED194240
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1970
Pages: 20
Abstractor: N/A
Reference Count: 0
A Point of View. Education of Mexican-American Children.
Community involvement, administrator and teacher education, student self esteem, and cultural awareness are four priorities for Mexican American education at all levels--from early childhood programs through higher education opportunities. The community involvement necessary for effective education requires sincere two-way communication; the recipients of an educational program must be involved in planning and executing the program and must feel it is relevant and important. Administrator and teacher education is essential for the successful instruction of Mexican American students; undesirable attitudes, perceptions, and judgments on the part of educators undermine programs which might otherwise be effective. The student's self image is a critical factor in school success; in order for the Mexican American child to have a positive image of himself as a learner, educators must perceive the child as bringing assets to the classroom, not liabilities. Cultural awareness includes educating the majority of society concerning Hispano-Mexican contributions to this nation's history and culture. Actions can be taken to provide meaningful education for Mexican American students, but effective educational change means revision of educational curriculum and objectives; piecemeal projects will not suffice. (JH)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A