ERIC Number: ED360116
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1993-Mar
Reference Count: N/A
Thorough and Fair: Creating Routes to Success for Mexican-American Students.
This monograph describes implications for public schools of rapidly growing populations of Mexican-Americans and other language minorities and recommends ways to eliminate institutional barriers to equity and excellence in education. It presents current information about such issues as dropout rates, reading levels, and participation in advanced mathematics and science courses. It includes a synthesis of research about current trends, including the growth of this population, changes in immigration patterns, and changes in the segregation of this population. Chapter 1 describes Mexican-Americans and other language-minority groups in terms of levels of educational attainment, cultural and language diversity, and population trends and projections. Chapters 2-4 address personal, instructional, and school factors important for the success of language-minority students and examine trends and issues in bilingual education. Chapter 5 discusses ways to create school systems that support instruction of language-minority students including: (1) knowing student rights; (2) imparting high expectations; (3) ensuring appropriate student placement; (4) working to reduce the achievement gap; (5) taking an advocacy position in testing and grade retention; (6) improving staff development and minority teacher recruitment; and (7) involving parents in meaningful activities. Chapter 6 covers policy recommendations that include disaggregating student data, demonstrating commitment to uphold civil-rights laws, pursuing excellence and equity (not simply compliance), identifying a top-level administrator as an equity advocate, and joining the equity network. Desegregation assistance centers and other organizations providing information about educational equity are listed. Contains 99 references. (LP)
Descriptors: Bilingual Education, Child Advocacy, Cultural Differences, Educational Strategies, Elementary Secondary Education, English (Second Language), Equal Education, Hispanic American Students, Limited English Speaking, Mexican American Education, Mexican Americans, Native Language Instruction, Role of Education
ERIC/CRESS, P.O. Box 1348, Charleston WV 25325 ($10).
Publication Type: ERIC Publications; Guides - Non-Classroom
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Office of Educational Research and Improvement (ED), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: ERIC Clearinghouse on Rural Education and Small Schools, Charleston, WV.