Subtractive Schooling: U.S.-Mexican Youth and the Politics of Caring

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Provides an enhanced sense of what's required to genuinely care for and educate the U.S.-Mexican youth in America.

Author Biography

Angela Valenzuela is Associate Professor in Curriculum and Instruction and Center for Mexican American Studies at the University of Texas, Austin.

Table of Contents

Tablesp. vii
Acknowledgmentsp. ix
Forewordp. xv
Introductionp. 3
The Studyp. 6
Mexican Immigrant and Mexican American Achievementp. 10
The Subtractive Elements of Caring and Cultural Assimilationp. 20
Unmasking Barriers to Progressp. 30
Seguin High School in Historical Perspective: Mexican Americans' Struggle for Equal Educational Opportunity in Houstonp. 33
The Early Yearsp. 34
Changing Demographics and the "Mexicanization" of the East End and Seguin Highp. 36
Ross v. Eckels and the Struggle for Just Integrationp. 44
The Seguin School Walkoutp. 50
Conclusionp. 58
Teacher-Student Relations and the Politics of Caringp. 61
Teacher Caringp. 63
The "Uncaring Student" Prototypep. 75
"Americanized" Immigrant Youthp. 84
"Not Caring" as Student Resistancep. 94
Caring and Pedagogyp. 99
When Teachers Do Not Initiate Relationp. 104
Contributions and Limitations of the Caring and Education Literaturep. 108
Love is One Taquito Awayp. 111
Everyday Experiences in the Lives of Immigrant and U.S.-Born Youthp. 115
The Experience of Schooling for Mexican Immigrant Youthp. 118
Immigrant Youth and the Question of Empenop. 140
Cross-Generational Gender and Social Capitalp. 143
Social Capital among U.S.-Born Youthp. 152
Conclusionp. 158
Subtractive Schooling and Divisions among Youthp. 161
Relationships and the "Politics of Difference"p. 163
Subtractive Schoolingp. 172
Divisions among Youthp. 181
Conclusionp. 224
Unity in Resistance to Schoolingp. 227
Mutiny in Mr. Chilcoate's Classroomp. 230
Cinco de Mayo, 1993p. 238
The Talent Showp. 246
Conclusionp. 255
Epilogue: Some Final Thoughtsp. 269
Research Methodologyp. 273
Notesp. 291
Referencesp. 307
Indexp. 321
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