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La Familia and Other Secret Ingredients to Latinx Student Success

Jennifer M. Matos

Almost like a well-kept family recipe, there exists in education secret ingredients into what makes Latinx students successful. La Familia and Other Secret Ingredients to Latinx Student Success demonstrates how Latinx parents, a well-kept secret ingredient, assist with the academic success of Latinx students at all educational levels. Understanding the power of this secret ingredient—and how to use it—can have a profound impact on success for Latinxs students and can be used as a model for how to work with and support students from all marginalized groups. La Familia and Other Secret Ingredients to Latinx Student Success is suitable for educators at all levels. This book can be used in general education and teacher preparation courses, ethnic studies courses, training for individuals in helping professions, or to launch exciting new dialogue.

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Chapter 2. What Is Parental Engagement?



What Is Parental Engagement?

I have chosen to examine Latinx parental engagement in part due to my membership in the Latinx social identity group and also because of the statistics regarding the Latinx population, educational outcomes, and the implications of those outcomes. According to the United States Census, Latinxs will become the nation’s largest ethnic majority by the year 2060, or sooner. In 2017, 23 % of babies born in the United States were Latinx, for a total of 898,764 children (Center for Disease Control & Prevention, 2018). As described in chapter one, the 2016 U.S. Census data show the booming Latinx population matches the increasing number of Latinx students enrolled in kindergarten to grade 12. Despite the burgeoning number of the Latinx population and Latinx students in schools, American public-school systems are ill-equipped to educate this diversity of students.

Latinx students lag behind their Black, Asian, and White peers when it comes to high school graduation rates. Analyses pertaining to graduation rates for Latinx students compared to white students show that Latinx student high school graduation rates are still lower than their white counterparts (NCES, 2017).

The system of oppression holds Latinxs accountable for their dire statistics concerning education and other social issues they face. In so doing, the←21 | 22→ system of oppression excuses itself by blaming the victim, refusing to question the circumstances it [the system] creates which oppress Latinxs. Simultaneously, while Latinxs are being viewed as...

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