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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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Part II. Latino Education

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Part II

Latino Education

The further a society drifts from the truth, the more it will hate those that speak it.

George Orwell

Latino Education rounds out the historical portrait of Latinos and education as it also portrays current issues that fully challenge the education of Hispanics today. Historical knowledge becomes well-grounded on past events when it is strongly substantiated by documentary evidence. A rich understanding of this past greatly contributes to a fuller knowledge of the present, as both interrelate. This is important because much of what should occur in the education of Latinos must fully relate to that which has yet to be corrected and redressed from the past. With the earlier chapters as backdrop, the Latino story can now be more fully retold, examined, and appreciated in the context of what we have learned about American education.←115 | 116→ ←116 | 117→

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