Chicano Studies: Ignacio M. Garcia and Guadalupe San Miguel

analytical Essay
1349 words
1349 words

The first article I have chosen is, “Juncture in the road: Chicano Studies Since: “El plan de Santa Barbara” by Ignacio M. Garcia. I have chosen this particular article for various reasons. One is because reading the first few paragraphs of the article stirred up many emotions within me. I found myself growing angry and once, again, repulsed by the United States discrimination system. The more knowledge I obtain on the United States, on its past and how it develops today, I can finally say that I resent everything it stands for and embarrassed being part of it. I would rather say that I am a country of one…myself. The second reason for choosing this article, was because it was an easy read for me as well as the topic being discussed was intriguing.
The first paragraph gives the readers and idea of the growing interest on Chicano Studies. It’s has developed over the course of twenty-six years and obtaining more non-chicano intellectuals that have absolutely no connection thus having no clue if studying the history of Chicanos. Part of the reason for everyone’s sudden interest in Chicano Studies is to integrate it into a larger ethnic study programs. The downfall of integrating the studies is that it places limitations on other courses that intervene with the major academic departments. The new development of Chicano Studies is really an excuse to teach genuine studies and to allow teachers to implement connected programs to receive a permanent status within their careers. Another part of keeping Chicano Studies in succession is to deliberately undermine its true meaning as well as keep it understaffed and under financed. This situation diminishes the programs ability to do community service for further future developments.
This is critical for the readers to know the show the bias, injustice, and premeditated ignorance of the United States educational system. It also demonstrates that Chicano Studies is not important regardless of the Hispanic population in this supposed “free” country. It seems as if the Chicano Studies was made only to fail by keeping it under funded and understaffed. By doing so, it has an affect on keeping away good scholars to maintain the historical development of Hispanics in the United States as well as its own history.
When the Chicano programs do get a minimal break such as receiving enough funding, gain departmental status, and have courses be part of the general education requirements, there would some body in the shadows sneering at the progress.

In this essay, the author

  • Explains why they chose the article "juncture in the road: chicano studies since: "el plan de santa barbara" by ignacio m. garcia.
  • Analyzes how chicano studies has developed over the course of twenty-six years, gaining more non-chicano intellectuals that have absolutely no connection and have no clue if studying the history of chicanos.
  • Argues that chicano studies is not important regardless of the hispanic population in this supposed “free” country.
  • Opines that when chicano programs get a minimal break, there would be some body in the shadows sneering at the progress. they would have to compete with other programs to receive academic resources.
  • Opines that uwm has jumped on the chicano studies bandwagon as well, but it too is short sandwiches of a picnic to correctly advance the academic development for the community.
  • Explains that to understand the importance of maintaining chicano studies is to know its history, including its strengths, weaknesses, and some concerns that continued to be faced within it.
  • Opines that this is critical information for the reader to know because it shows how self-engrossed the united states really is.
  • Explains that they chose guadalupe san miguel's "actors not victims: chicanas/os and the struggle for educational equality."
  • Analyzes how san miguel started the article with a brief history of the chicano movement in the mid-1960’s.
  • Analyzes how mexican american high school students lobbied for changes in the structures and polices of the public school system while university students protested against minority enrollment and chicano studies programs.
  • Explains how the middle class mexican americans sought to expand and strengthen educational policies that were in their interest, pressured the federal government, filed lawsuits against the segregation in the local school districts, and even persuaded a private investigation.
  • Explains that mexican americans were able to expand the educational system that targeted mexican american children and have their status published. because of their placid success, the federal government got involved in school reform.
  • Opines that san miguel believes the struggle for educational equality was a contradictory process in which it produced mixed results.
  • Compares san miguel and garcia's articles on the chicano movement, stating that the underclassed and middle class mexican americans were fighting for better policies and filed lawsuits.
  • Explains that the mexican/chicano movement was changing the path for future mexican american children in small but yet in great ways.
  • Analyzes how the mexican american population is challenged, assimilated, and rejected by both sides of the world. the chicano movement dormantly continues today.
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