The Latino Education Crisis: The Consequences of Failed Social Policies

The Latino Education Crisis: The Consequences of Failed Social Policies

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by Patricia Gándara, Frances Contreras
     
 

ISBN-10: 0674047052

ISBN-13: 9780674047051

Pub. Date: 04/10/2010

Publisher: Harvard University Press

Will the United States have an educational caste system in 2030? Drawing on both extensive demographic data and compelling case studies, this powerful book reveals the depths of the educational crisis looming for Latino students, the nation’s largest and most rapidly growing minority group.
Richly informative and accessibly written, The Latino Education…  See more details below

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Will the United States have an educational caste system in 2030? Drawing on both extensive demographic data and compelling case studies, this powerful book reveals the depths of the educational crisis looming for Latino students, the nation’s largest and most rapidly growing minority group.
Richly informative and accessibly written, The Latino Education Crisis describes the cumulative disadvantages faced by too many children in the complex American school systems, where one in five students is Latino. Many live in poor and dangerous neighborhoods, attend impoverished and underachieving schools, and are raised by parents who speak little English and are the least educated of any ethnic group.
The effects for the families, the community, and the nation are sobering. Latino children are behind on academic measures by the time they enter kindergarten. And while immigrant drive propels some to success, most never catch up. Many drop out of high school and those who do go on to college—often ill prepared and overworked—seldom finish.
Revealing and disturbing, The Latino Education Crisis is a call to action and will be essential reading for everyone involved in planning the future of American schools.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780674047051
Publisher:
Harvard University Press
Publication date:
04/10/2010
Pages:
432
Sales rank:
609,941
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.20(h) x 1.20(d)

Table of Contents

Introduction: A Call to Action 1

1 The Crisis and the Context 15

2 On Being Latino or Latina in America 54

3 American Schools and the Latino Student Experience 86

4 Is Language the Problem? 121

5 Inside the Lives of Puente Students 151

6 Beating the Odds and Going to College 196

7 The Costs and Effectiveness of Intervention 250

8 Rescatando Sueños-Rescuing Dreams 304

Acknowledgments 335

Appendix 337

Notes 349

References 373

Index 405

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