2. Critique, Challenge, Deconstruction, and Reconstruction
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Gabriel lived with his four siblings in relative comfort in Managua, Nicaragua, until the Sandinista regime targeted his family, killing two uncles and confiscating everything his parents had worked so hard to build. Ultimately the decision was made for his father to give up his engineering job, his mother to sacrifice her hair salon, and for the family to seek refuge in Florida. Gabriel recalls, “We escaped on foot; I remember my dad holding me so tightly as he carried me across the river.” After weeks on the road, they finally arrived in Miami, Florida, to join relatives who had immigrated previously. He explains, “My father worked three jobs, mostly washing dishes, because that was the only work he could find. He never slept, I mean he worked so hard just to put food on the table; we were so poor. We lived in a one-bedroom apartment, all of us slept in one room. But, somehow, my mom and dad always found a way to provide for us.”
Gabriel entered primary school as an English language learner. Due to his lack of English proficiency, ← 41 | 42 → he was soon tracked into a self-contained learning disabled (LD) classroom, where he languished unceremoniously for nearly a decade. He explained, “I didn’t really think school was that hard; the teachers didn’t really care about giving us much homework; they all thought we were LD and couldn’t learn anyway. I didn’t have to try that hard, I mean the...
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