I endure an ongoing conflict within myself due to my identity. This conflict is by reason of the duality and hybridity of my culture. I am a product of Mexican immigrants born and raised in the United States. My experiences and where I came from have heavily influenced my sense of self. My identity has been constantly fluctuating since I recognized myself as Chicana and Mexican-American.
What would you do if a teacher gives you detention for being a different culture, would you speak out or do nothing? In the late 1968, schools would ostracize the Mexican-American history or Chicano history. The Chicano students were mostly heading towards tedious labor rather than going to college. The explanation is the teachers created an atmosphere that was hostile for students to learn because they were constantly underestimated by the teachers, counselors, and the school officials.
The Los Angeles Walkouts was a protest act for Latinos to raise the issue of prejudice among teachers and administration for Mexican American students. (Simpson, 2012) On March 6, 1968, students currently enrolled in Abraham Lincoln High School in East L.A. orchestrated a walkout to express their opinion of their poor classroom education. Mexican Americans believed the educators were offering only vocational and trade careers. Chicano believed educators were not allowing them to attempt at four-year unversity.
I am also shy, which prevents me from talking to other people in Spanish. As a last point, I have lost and am trying to regain my language because of the teachers and
In recent years it has gotten worse as states move to adopt stricter immigration laws and policies (Sue & Sue,2013). For example, in states such as Arizona they have adopted a law that make it illegal for immigrants to be in the state without proper paperwork (2013). Law’s such as these combined with the discrimination and language barriers cause a great deal of stress to the hispanic population. Many in the Latino population are fearful of reaching out for government or medical assistance for fear of being deported, even if they are legal citizens (2013). This means that the there are members of the Latino population who may be suffering from mental illness such as depression, anxiety, and PTSD and which are all common side effects after being subjected to discrimination and racism ,(Chávez, & French, 2007 ) are not getting the services they need
Pam Bremer, director of Obersee Bilingual School, claims that bilingual education programs not only effectively teach students, but also sharpen the students’ brains and makes them better linguists. On the other hand, Rosalie Pedalino Porter, a director of the Institute for Research in English Acquisition and Development (READ), believes that these programs do not help students because the programs teach the students in their native language before teaching them English, which in turn, delays their development in understanding English. Bremer and Porter disagree on various aspects of bilingual education, especially the main focus of the programs and the duration of time students should spend in these programs. However, they both agree that bilingual education programs come down to involving the parents of these students and, most importantly, teaching the students
According to Alison Bell from Lexile Measure, she says “You begin to question not only your capabilities but how much you care.” Alison Bell has a good point, you can’t just force kids to take tests and be alright with it. They actually need to be motivated and that starts from home. “Some students cheat just for fun to see if they can get away with it, but most cheat because they do not have time to study and and are in time-crunch” says Christine Probett a managing professor at San Diego University. This shows how students cheat because they do not care about their grades.
The influx of these populations especially impacted our school systems that now had many students that needed help learning English. In places like Los Angles the solution was to put them into special schools to help them get more attention to learn English. The Hispanic community became in an uproar about this because the school system was segregating their kids, which was a violation of the 14th Amendment. In Delgado vs. Bastrop Independent School District, it was ruled that the schools could not separate the Hispanic children unless a scientific test in first grade ruled that they need English instruction (Spring, 399). Although they liked the end of segregation, schools still could separate based on the English tests so many
The presenting problem is on the Northern New Mexico (Nuevomexicano) Hispanic culture how they have sustained two periods of colonization, first by the Spanish and later by the United States (Nieto Phillips, 2004). The issue of colonization and historical oppression have led to current mental health issue with the practitioner-client relationship. Where clients are not comfortable in expressing their culture historical oppression and it impact in their lives, due to the lack of trust they have encounter with people who are non-Nuevomexicano. Moreover, the social worker is encountering some difficult challenges with this particular group because they have trust issues with people who are not from their ethnic group and this attitude portrayed deprived them of
Therefore, the laws and acts that require bilingual education for students in Texas has helped the bilingual programs established in El Paso provide conversational and academic proficiency in their schools. In fact, “the bilingual immersion program in El Paso (Texas) outperformed other transitional bilingual education programs” (Goldenberg, 2005). According to Goldenberg (2005), in El Paso 's bilingual immersion program, "all subjects are taught in English, although Spanish is used occasionally to reinforce a new concept”. El Paso 's bilingual immersion programs out preformed other bilingual programs across the U.S.-Mexican border because, it contains a “native language cognitive development component
After reading Miguel and Valencia’s “From the treaty of Guadalupe Hidalgo to Hopwood,” I was shocked to find how Mexican Americans were treated in American students. I was expect poor treatment from our discussions in class as well as other readings, but after reading what the authors reported, including schools failing to address learning issues and pushing kids instead into economic mobility, I am deeply troubled I was not made aware of this sooner. Along with segregation on race basis, I would argue the struggles of Mexican American students was the greatest struggle for education equality in the 20th century, though the struggles gone through by other minorities surely should be discounted or overlooked. I found the role of religious institutions
Teachers are equipped with the ability to adjust their classrooms to fit the needs of new students, so the teachers should adjust. The Mexicans’ dropping out of school displays the teachers do not care and support them. Statistics presented to the school board proved the Mexicans lacked education nonetheless the school board refused to take action to benefit the dropout rates. More courses added to the curriculum to accommodate and assist the Mexicans with their language barriers, would be a solution, proving that the teachers show compassion about their students’