Chicano School Failure and Success

Chicano School Failure and Success

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During the early 1990s - when this book's first edition was published - the Chicano population in the USA numbered nearly 13 million (two thirds of its total Latino population). Indications were that school problems and conditions - which were already poor for these people - were worsening. A decade down the line, how has the situation changed? From various perspectives, the second edition of this respected work examines the school failure and success of Chicano students. For many years two theories have prevailed: one being that institutional forces and structures that promote and maintain inequality are the root cause of these poor schooling conditions and outcomes; the other being a set of insidious assumptions steeped in racism. In recent years, however, scholarship has followed more constructive streams of thought. Two features characterise his new edition. Each contributor provides a comprehensive and state-of-the-art chapter, updated with a contemporary commentary on Chicano students. They also address the question of whether the educational status of the Chicano population will grow commensurately with its population.As a case in point, let us examine grade 4 students. ... students clearly persist in Texas schools (see Texas Education Agency [2000a] for data on other grade levels). ... From 1990 to 1996, none of the participating states succeeded in reducing the gap in 8th grade math NAEP scores between White and minority students.

Title:Chicano School Failure and Success
Author:Richard R. Valencia
Publisher:Psychology Press - 2002


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