Perspectives of Teaching Mexican American Students as Reflected in Multicultural Literature
AbstractMinority population is on the rise and projected to continue growing. This article reviews the plight of the Mexican American student and how the history reflects a path of struggle towards academic equity. Areas explored include cultural deprivation, cultural differences, and funds of knowledge that students bring with them to the academic arena. A historical review provides us with the strategies utilized by Mexican American students, the challenges that they have faced and continue to face and how impactful teaching of Mexican American students is vital to their success. Three varied personal experiences will provide insight into how Mexican American students have been perceived and educationally as- sisted throughout a span of twenty plus years. Educational recommendations are provided for educators working to provide an equitable education for Mexican American students.