Latinos are Entitled to a Better and Improved Quality Education
By Manuel Hernandez-Carmona copyright
(Professor of English at the University of Phoenix PR Campus
and English Program Facilitator for the Fajardo School District)
Latinos are entitled to receive a better and improved quality
education. There is an unrecognizable "cultural difference
problem" (Models of Teaching, p.413) in America today.
The Latino school population continues to grow at unprecedented
levels, but their precise and existing academic needs are
not fully being encountered. The learning styles of Latino
children are tied to individual differences and cultural diversity.
Curriculum development should find reading approaches to bridge
the gap every classroom day not only during Hispanic Heritage
Why not create bridges of literary analysis to enhance identity
and pave the way for the development of literacy by integrating
culturally relevant literature and the discussion of culturally
related issues? A mirror of the people will not only create
cultural awareness but boost reading comprehension and provide
the gateway to further literary analysis, and the academic
development needed to pass citywide, statewide and educational
A half a century ago Martin Luther King recognized that America
needed to transform its mindset. Just a few decades before
MLK, Mahatma Gandhi said, “You must be the change you must
see in the world.” Today we are moving forward and racial
equality has come a long way. An improved and better prepared
curriculum is the mirror of that mindset, but there are "miles
to go" before we sleep. With the Administration's recent
legislative stand on immigration, millions of more Latinos
will enroll in the American public school system in the up
and coming years. Central Florida has become a Puerto Rico
away from the Island. Are we ready and willing to receive
the “new found students” in the classroom?
All Americans are entitled to a quality education, no doubt.
But the growing and culturally diversified Latino school population
has been stalled by an educational system that has yet to
define a vision on how to specifically meet their demands.
Equal rights and equal opportunities can only be achieved
with a quality education. Latino education is a dream, but
a focused, driven and guided education can really make a difference
in a child, family, community, city and a nation.