Valenzuela finds that the culture among school officials, which are teachers, counselors and other authoritative figures, view the problems with academic efficiency to be as elementary as the students “not caring” and fitting the “uncaring student profile”. On the other hand the students view the teachers as “not caring” towards their wellbeing and often refer to them as being “mal educados”. Since a ponderous amount of teachers at Seguin are Anglo, they do not understand this concept. “Educacion” in the Mexica...
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...vision among students was also made because I remember looking around and seeing how pissed the students were, but did not know a single student since I was in the honors track.
Valenzuela’s model reveals to me how this problem has not yet been solved. If I could edit the book, replace Seguin with Adamson and change the names of the teachers to the names of teachers that taught me and gave it out to my former classmates, I guarantee that no one will bat an eye and believe the work was from research at my former high school. The issues highlighted by Valenzuela need to be addressed across the entire educational system. And finally, to say that this work is outdated and no longer a problem, is pure ignorance.
Valenzuela, Angela. 1999. Subtractive Schooling: US-Mexican Youth and The Politics of Caring. Albany, NY: State University of New York Press.
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