ERIC Number: EJ932790
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2011
Teaching Is a Fight: An Interview with Sal Castro
Ochoa, Gilda L.
Rethinking Schools, v25 n2 p39-43 Win 2010-2011
In June, more than 40 years after the Los Angeles Unified School District tried to fire Sal Castro for his leadership of the 1968 Chicana/o Blowouts, it came full circle and named a middle school after him. As a young teacher, Castro was a key organizer of the 1968 student walkouts (called "blowouts" by the youth), when as many as 40,000 Chicana/o students marched out of their schools to demand bilingual and bicultural education, more Mexican American teachers and administrators, relevant curriculum, accurate textbooks, and an end to the tracking that steered Mexican American students into vocational classes. Branded a dangerous agitator by television news commentators and charged with a series of felonies, Castro was fired by the school district. The community surged to his defense; eventually the charges were dropped and he was rehired. Through his work with the Chicano Youth Leadership Conference, Castro has nurtured generations of students. Since 1963, more than 5,000 students have participated in the conference. This article presents an interview with Sal Castro. In the interview, Castro talks about his passion for educational justice.
Descriptors: Multicultural Education, Mexican Americans, School Districts, Youth Leaders, Hispanic Americans, Leadership, Mexicans, Interviews, Personal Narratives, Bilingual Education, Teachers
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