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The Story of Latinos and Education in American History

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Abdin Noboa-Rios

The 2014–2015 academic year marked the first year that American, preK–12 public school enrollment became majority nonwhite, with Hispanic/Latino as the largest minority. Population shifts have continued to occur, with Latinos now representing 28% of public school students.

American public schools are in trouble, with national achievement reaching new lows and progress for nearly two-thirds of all 4th and 8th graders below proficiency levels and stagnant for years. According to the Nation’s Report Card, students of color rank lowest, with Latinos and African Americans consistently at the bottom.

To understand the history of Latinos in particular, The Story of Latinos and Education in American History goes back in time to recreate the story. In this book, Dr. Noboa-Ríos relates the dark legacy before and after Plessy, as well as the post-Brown challenges that linger. For a better and more balanced future for the nation, America’s challenge is to ensure that Latino students excel. Understanding how and why this dark history has occurred is imperative to rectify the situation.

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Foreword: Infusing U.S. Latino History into the Future of Education (Antonia Darder)

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Infusing U.S. Latino History into the Future of Education

Antonia Darder

Loyola Marymount University

Indeed, it seems that while the natural inclination of scholars interested in intellectual history is to explore the known, central, established centres, we must not forget to also explore the accumulation, development and distribution of ideas and knowledge in more distant and less well-known hubs…

Jonathan Rubin

Exploring less well-known hubs is, indeed, an illuminating way to characterize the underlying intent of Abdín Noboa-Ríos’ outstanding book, The Story of Latinos and Education in American History. To accomplish this, he effectively utilizes a creative and innovative approach for engaging the myriad conditions that have resulted in the gross miseducation of Latino children, since the inception of the “New World”—a Eurocentric misnomer that has supported the historical misperceptions and distortions of Latino populations, who (as Noboa-Ríos reminds us) actually predate the pilgrims in this country. In so doing, the book provides a well-crafted and systematic examination of the social, political, and economic roles Latinos have played in the formation of U.S. life. By including intimate bits and pieces of his personal history as a Puerto Rican migrant and locating these experiences within the larger fabric of U.S. Latino life, Noboa-Ríos offers us a rich counternarrative to the troublesome Black/White binary of race, which has conveniently and tragically←vii | viii→ rendered Latinos ambiguous and invisibilized within most spheres of daily life,...

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