ERIC Number: ED410367
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1997-Jul
Reference Count: N/A
The Education of Latino Students: Is School Reform Enough? ERIC/CUE Digest, Number 123.
Trueba, Enrique T.; Bartolome, Lilia I.
This digest provides a critique of the various educational strategies that have been used with Latino students and suggests alternatives that may be more successful. Many educators acknowledge that the reasons for the historic academic underachievement of Latino students could be inappropriate cognitive, cultural, and linguistic teaching methods. However, they do not see that their own methods or tools cause students' problems. Instead, they claim that it is the students who have "special" needs. This "deficit" view of Latino students, also known as a cultural deprivation model, has had a severe negative influence on the education of Latino students. Many educators believe that the schools reinforce the existing social power relations among cultural groups. For success in teaching Latino children, educators must move beyond assumptions about the apolitical nature of education to a critical assessment of learning environments in their political contexts. New approaches to Latino student education should begin with teacher education that promotes cultural sensitivity and the active engagement of children from diverse backgrounds. Teachers can support social change in the classroom in a number of ways. In particular, teachers must learn to count Latino experiences and cultural capital as strengths. Respect for all is the cornerstone of effective education for all. (Contains 55 references.) (SLD)
Descriptors: Academic Achievement, Cultural Awareness, Cultural Differences, Elementary Secondary Education, Hispanic American Students, Hispanic Americans, Low Achievement, Social Change, Social Influences, Teacher Education, Teaching Methods
ERIC Clearinghouse on Urban Education, Institute for Urban and Minority Education, Teachers College, Box 40, Columbia University, New York, NY 10027 (free).
Publication Type: ERIC Publications; ERIC Digests in Full Text
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Office of Educational Research and Improvement (ED), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: ERIC Clearinghouse on Urban Education, New York, NY.