ERIC Number: EJ1171942
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2018-Mar
Abstractor: As Provided
School Fights: Resisting Oppression in the Classroom in Gloria Velásquez's Latina/o Young Adult Novel "Juanita Fights the School Board"
Rodríguez, Sonia Alejandra
Children's Literature in Education, v49 n1 p61-72 Mar 2018
There is a long history of discrimination and marginalization of Chicanas/Latinas in the classroom due to xenophobia, language barriers, citizenship status, oversexualization, and much more. Through an analysis of Gloria Velasquez's ("Juanita Fights the School Board," Piñata Books, Houston, 1995) I seek to demonstrate the ways in which Chicanas/Latinas have been resisting the oppressions they experience in the classroom by creating alternative ways of knowing. In Velasquez's narrative, Juanita is expelled for fighting and must appear before the school board to make a case for why she should be allowed to return to school. As the novel progresses, it is revealed that the policies, teachers, and administrators of Roosevelt High School are biased against students of color. By way of "Juanita Fights the School Board," I introduce my concept of "conocimiento narratives" as a way to read stories like these as having the potential for healing in the lives of Chicanas/Latinas. Juanita uses the knowledges imparted by her family, her communities, and her culture to challenge and transform the discrimination she experiences at school.
Descriptors: Hispanic American Students, Social Bias, Social Discrimination, Educational Discrimination, Resistance (Psychology), Novels, School Policy, Minority Group Students, Teacher Attitudes, Administrator Attitudes, High Schools, Social Justice, Student Experience
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: High Schools
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