Latino Education: Neglect and Overlook: By Manuel Hernandez
There is a problem in Latino education-a problem rooted not
involvement or lack of, violence, domestic violence, teenage
dysfunctional families, cultural and language barriers, discrimination
and social injustice. It is a problem of generational clashes
into conflict because of lack of knowledge, neglect and overlook.
is no doubt that Latinos believe that the improvement of the
school system is the highest priority right now, but the 2005
environment in America is reigned by outdated views and policies
were designed for students with a different set of experiences
recently arrived Latino student of the 21st century.
Whether we decide to confront the problem or not is not the
rather how, when and where the consequences of our indecision
inaction will affect us all. It took a tragic moment in history
us aware that homeland security cannot be taken for granted.
worked as an English as a Second Language High School teacher
Monroe High School in the Bronx, New York from 1988-1991,
arrived immigrant teen was immediately received by a culturally
assistant principal who made every human effort possible to
first school experience in America a welcomed one. Students
interviewed, tested, evaluated and placed in ESL levels where
and trained teachers polished and assessed language skills
on a daily
basis. By their junior year, many of these kids were already
writing at their grade level requirements. In 2005, the great
of these programs are non-existent and the transition to mainstream
English courses is sudden and forceful.
Latinos are aware that the social, financial and educational
development of their community is unequivocally related to
struggles to achieve economic, social and political justice
United States of America. However, Latino children continue
academically and do not meet the academic demands of city,
national testing requirements. Although the demographics and
of the 21st century Latino immigrant have changed, the periods
adjustment, identity collision and culture shock stages are
the same now
as was in 1988. With the Latino population growing at a quiet
pace, how much time do we have to continue to neglect and
According to the U.S. Department of Labor, a college graduate
will earn more and have more career opportunities over a lifetime
than a high school graduate. If Latinos are less likely to
from high school but continue to grow in population, America
economic situation that needs immediate attention and hands-on
intervention. The Latino people have great potential to make
and change the course of American history, but the current
overlook has clouded a vision for the American Latino population.
Latino education is the current core issue that will ultimately
set the stage for the Latino contribution to the United States
America. America has taught us to dream and believe in ourselves.
dream which is “deeply rooted in the American dream”(Martin
demands an education. There are new free tickets to watch
Latino education is the ticket that will open the doors to
a whole new
world of opportunities. Let us not continue to neglect and
which will benefit our generations and us as well.