ERIC Number: EJ987929
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2006
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 88
"They Don't Speak English": Interrogating (Racist) Ideologies and Perceptions of School Personnel in a Midwestern State
Lopez, Gerardo R.; Vazquez, Vanessa A.
International Electronic Journal for Leadership in Learning, v10 n29 2006
This paper focuses on the attitudes and perceptions of school administrators, teachers, and other school personnel in a Latino-impacted school district in a Midwestern state. As this district struggles to meet the educational needs of a growing number of Latino students, this research finds that school officials increasingly employ assimilationist ideologies that not only privilege the English language, but view Latino students and their families as intellectually and culturally inferior. In this paper we make the argument that these practices reinforce a subtle, but powerful, form of benevolent racism: where "good intentions" and compassionate altruism reproduce and reify a highly racialized discourse.
Descriptors: School Personnel, Ideology, Racial Bias, Administrator Attitudes, Teacher Attitudes, Hispanic American Students, Student Needs, English (Second Language), Social Bias, Acculturation, Limited English Speaking, Teacher Competencies, Parent Attitudes, Interviews, Stress Variables, Language Usage, Barriers, Educational Environment
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education
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