ERIC Number: ED273705
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1986-Aug
Must They Wait Another Generation? Hispanics and Secondary School Reform. ERIC/CUE Diversity Series Number 93.
The National Commission on Secondary Schooling for Hispanics (NCSSH) has found that secondary schooling for most Hispanics is not preparing them to assume productive and satisfying adult lives. This paper discusses whether the current or proposed reforms and strategies are meeting, or can meet, the needs and potential of Hispanic youth. It is divided into three parts. Part 1 provides a demographic rationale for paying greater attention to the education problems of Hispanic youth and describes four types of Hispanic students in terms of school performance and other factors. Part 2 focuses on educational policy developments in the five States visited by the NCSSH--those with the largest Hispanic populations. Following a discussion of the status, origin and drawbacks of different kinds of reforms, this part offers a focused examination of the effects of the different reforms on the different types of students introduced in Part 1. Part 3 discusses the inadequacy of current reforms and offers suggestions for changes beyond the ones that already have been implied. Not until a school has an orderly climate and the beginning of a school culture of concern for everyone can the school faculty begin to raise academic standards and expectations of students. A five-page reference list concludes the document. (ETS)
Descriptors: Curriculum, Dropouts, Educational Change, Hispanic Americans, Nontraditional Education, School Counseling, School Holding Power, Secondary Education, Secondary Schools, Student Characteristics, Student Employment, Work Attitudes
ERIC Clearinghouse on Urban Education, Box 40, Teachers College, Columbia University, New York, NY 10027 ($8.00).
Publication Type: ERIC Publications
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Office of Educational Research and Improvement (ED), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: ERIC Clearinghouse on Urban Education, New York, NY.