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ERIC Number: ED349134
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1990
Reference Count: 0
Latino Families and the Schools.
Fillmore, Lily Wong
California Perspectives, v1 p30-37 Win 1990
Based on personal narratives, this paper describes Latino children's school experience and suggests home-school collaboration for improving Latino children's education. Latino children begin school as confident, eager, and enthusiastic learners. But well before the third grade, many Latino students begin to experience academic problems and generally are a year or two behind in reading, math, and other areas assessed by the school. It is estimated that some 40 percent of Latino children will drop out before they complete high school. Latino children learn two things from their experiences in school: what happens in school has little relevance to real life and they are losers in the learning game. However, many educational difficulties that Latino children encounter are caused by the widely-held assumption that what is wrong with Latino students is related to their parents, who provide little school preparation to their children. This assumption has created a trend for compensatory early education programs to remove Latino children from the influences of their parents. This practice undermines the relationship between parents and children. Child development centers sponsored by the Foundation Center for Phenomenological Research have been found to effectively serve the children of seasonal and migrant farm workers. These centers' work illustrate that the family culture should be involved in successful education. Parent comments concerning the effectiveness of child development centers are included. (LP)
Descriptors: Academic Failure, Child Development Centers, Early Childhood Education, Educational Experience, Elementary Education, Family Life, Family School Relationship, Hispanic Americans, Migrant Education, Parent Child Relationship, Parent Influence, Teacher Expectations of Students
California Tomorrow, Fort Mason Center, Bldg. B, San Francisco, CA 94123 (Reprints available).
Publication Type: Journal Articles; Opinion Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Contains small print.