Publication Date: January 28, 2013
The “Latino Education Crisis” not only threatens to dash the middle class aspirations of the nation’s largest immigrant group, it is also an ominous sign for democratic engagement and global competitiveness for U.S. society as a whole. This timely book argues that this crisis is more aptly characterized as a “Mexican Education Crisis.” This book brings together voices that are rarely heard on the same stage—Mexican and U.S. scholars of migration, schooling, and human development—to articulate a new approach to Mexican-American schooling: a bi-national focus that highlights the interpersonal assets of Mexican-origin children. Contributors document the urgency of adopting this approach and provide a framework for crossing national and disciplinary borders to improve scholarship, policy, and practice associated with PreK–12 schooling.
Bryant Jensen is an assistant professor of teacher education at Brigham Young University. Adam Sawyer is an assistant professor of education in the Bard College Master of Arts in Teaching Program.
"An extraordinary achievement. Every teacher, policymaker, and engaged citizen interested in globalization and education must read this book.”
—Marcelo M. Suárez-Orozco, UCLA Graduate School of Education and Information Studies
“This volume is one of a kind….It represents a first step in what we hope will be an ongoing relationship between the institutions and the researchers on both sides of the border who have both an appreciation for the importance of this work and a dedication to improving the educational opportunities of those students that we share in time, space, and culture.” —From the Foreword by Patricia Gándara and Eugene García
"A fresh, eye-opening array of essays that highlights how the economic and cultural vitality of the U.S. and Mexico is so tightly interwoven in colorful and breathtaking ways. Setting aside strident allegations of how immigrants differ from mainstream society, the authors illustrate our commonalities, how Mexican parents are among the most pro-family, hardest working families in our society. 'Bien educado' is not just metaphor: it animates how immigrant parents raise engaged children, along with a vibrant optimism about getting into America.”
—Bruce Fuller, Professor, Education & Public Policy, University of California, Berkeley