Improving the Achievement of Hispanic Students
In today’s American school systems, Hispanics are among the most at-risk in the student population. They are less likely to finish high school and even fewer go on to enroll in college, let alone graduate from a higher education program. The number of Hispanic students is constantly growing, especially in urban schools, and most of those schools are desperately trying to create programs and systems to help accommodate the large number of English language learners. Those students’ scores are drastically lower than English speaking students. A study by the National Center for Education Statistics found that three out of four 8th graders are not able to pass a simple math test that includes …show more content…
I simply want to be a teacher that makes a difference in the school. I want to be a positive influence, not only on my students but on other staff in the school as well. This article explained many great points that those six schools stand by in creating a successful environment for their Hispanic students and I, as a teacher leader, want to take those suggestions and use them and create an environment in my future school that is welcoming and accepting to English language learners. I truly believe that every child has great potential, they just need the proper education to be able to reach out and achieve their goals. As an elementary education major, reading about people who are determined to make a positive change in our schools is restorative to my hope for our students’ futures. The statistics in this article are eye-opening. I did not realize how small of a percentage of Hispanic students were actually successful in testing, graduating high school, and moving on to college. I also had never thought about how few Hispanic teachers there are. Having only white teachers in the school minimizes the chance for Hispanic students to find a connection or a role model. In action two, the article suggested that the school could invite Hispanic graduates back as encouragement to the students. Reading about that sparked an idea in my head that a legitimate program could be established where dual-language Hispanic students in upper grades could make weekly visits to the lower grades to help with homework or class time. It would be similar to the Study Buddy program or the Chums program where a student in a higher grade serves as a one-on-one mentor to a struggling English language learner in a lower grade, whether that be Kindergarten or 10th grade. I know that if a school has enough dedication and staff members who genuinely want to see a
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This is help the teachers understand some of the difficulties that the students face in their neighborhoods, since most of the faculty and staff live in areas outside the school community. • Create programs to help students to overcome language, academic and behavioral barriers that sometimes interfere with students learning. I might also make sure that there were bilingual instructors on staff to teach foreign languages and ESL classes. • Include various programs, displays, and learning units on and about multicultural holidays. I would use this as a means to remove obstacles standing in the way of establishing a positive school
Salgado acknowledge studies on complexities of Latino youth transitions from middle to high schools with concerns declining grades, and concerns of low college graduate status. Although determining results are said to be unknown at the present time research studies are being conducted for transition variations. Gender differences with Latino families could contain a probable cause to the outcomes of school performances at the time of stated transitions, along with other measures such as instructor’s expectations between youth boys and girls. After the gathering of information through various studies conducted on diversities of Latino youth transition period from middle school to high schools, notification of studies could suggest several implications
Ideally schools would provide equal education and opportunities for all children, but in reality racism, sexism, classism, and other forms of discrimination still exist, albeit more hidden, in our schools today. Rather than stressing academic enrichment, the elementary schools that Chicanas/os attend to focus on academic remediation and a deceleration of the curriculum. The primary curriculum itself generally excludes or minimizes Chicana/o experiences, while also reinforcing
The Hispanic Student Association, or HSA for short, was founded in 1999 by Nestor "Ito" Rodriguez the former president of HSA. Who is now currently the head of the Hispanic alumni council and married to Jaclyn Rodriguez. The organization is located on the main campus in the university center (UC) through the involvement zone in room 221. The purpose of HSA is to spread and demonstrate to other students the marvels of the Hispanic culture and to enrich their minds of the cultural diversity that is around them. To accomplish this HSA does many social events and gatherings, such as the St. Jude walk/run and Hispanic heritage month, which allows students of any background to come and enjoy the Hispanic culture in a safe and discrimination free
The state’s legislature must come up with a solution to fix this issue that the majority of the citizens are clearly concerned about. Franco Estrada, the first one to be interviewed commented that adjustments in our educational standards are required in order to prepare our students to be twenty-first century workers. After that comment was made, he also acknowledged that although it is hard to change how all of Texas’s schools systems work, change is still possible. In retrospect, education is the children’s future, and it’s important for the people living in Texas to be assured that they will be seeing an improved educational system because one way or another they will be
Latinos are making drastic changes to the Latino threat narrative and making a difference in education and politics. The empowerment of the Latino population is derived from education; continued education for all generations is the key to success for Latinos. Latinos will strive and change standards for their population in the United
In this practicum I will narrate an interview that was done with a Hispanic parent. I will describe her and her family structure. I will also elaborate on her involvements in her children academics, and teacher parent relationship. Also better ways to encourage parents to get involved in their children education will be added, and how teachers can assist with making the parents feel welcomed inside of the classroom.
The researchers from the study concluded that based on what they survey participants voted that, ‘when we analyzed this perception with beliefs about Latino inequality, the same relationship found for beliefs about African American inequality appeared also: These respondents tend to agree that Latinos do not work hard enough to improve their life circumstances”.15 What many white students attending those universities do not understand that it is not the fault of the minority student’s effort in college, but rather it is the environment the student grew up in. In dominantly Latino and Black communities there are not many resources for
According to Voight’s, Hanson’s, O’Malley’s, and Adekanye’s study, many black children reported of having less favorable relationship between their white instructors compared to white students, while black and hispanic instructors tend to have a steady report of positive relationship and attitude with their students from all races (Voight, Hanson, O’Malley, Adekanye, 2015). Moreover, in a sample from the Texas school districts, districts with more Hispanic and Black teachers have better success in their students’ academic performance for all races, compared to districts that have a larger number of white instructors (Voight, Hanson, O’Malley, Adekanye, 2015). This goes back to the discrepancies in a student-teacher relationship when both parties do not share the same understanding of each other’s background and cultures. The rift in the relationship is mended when a mutual understanding manifests between the two. Hispanic and Black instructors already have a similar background with the current students, which makes their attitude towards these groups more sympathetics and understanding compared to a white teacher who may had the mainstream
Born and raised in Santa Barbra California, Peter Giovani Petatan have lived 21 years of his life in the U.S. along with his mother and father who were born and raised in Mexico. Although born and raised in California Peter and his family currently reside in Macon, GA. Now as a college student this has been the first time he has ever lived outside of home. Nevertheless, he feels as if he’s able to adapt to this new environment effortlessly in terms of the university and community.
Martha Peraza SOC 3340 Inequality in Education California State University, Bakersfield Abstract In the United States, there exists a gap in equality for different demographics of students. The factors contributing to educational disadvantages include socioeconomic struggles, gender of students, language or culture, and particularly for the scope of this paper, race.
Thus, we talk about the disadvantages and mainly the advantages of being a Hispanic student applying to college. Also, he explains that being Hispanic is very helpful in finding colleges; as a result of that college seek out for Hispanic students. As David Began to explain how we can receive money for being Hispanic
An education should be a priority to all students and we, as the Latino community, must reshape the policy flaws to establish a foundation that will help the growing Latino community. From my own personal experience,
According to Jarmel and Schneider (2010), by the year 2025, one-third of students attending public schools will not know English when they start Kindergarten. How will schools adapt to this? Will teachers and/or students be limited on what they can teach/learn throughout the school year because of time restraints? In a documentary Speaking in Tongues, directed by Jarmel & Schneider (2010), four students who range from Kindergarten to eighth grade, showcase their experiences about attending public school around the San Francisco area to become bilingual. The four students Durrell, Jason, Julian, and Kelly are taught in English and also in a second language such as Mandarin, Spanish, Chinese, and Cantonese.