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Mexican Americans, Education of

For Mexican Americans, the educational profile is complex and multifaceted, positive for some students, considerably less than it should be for many others. As with all groups, individual, home, community, school, and societal factors interact to foster success or impede progress toward academic achievement. Because of the group's size and youth, Mexican Americans are destined to figure significantly in the nation's future in the 21st century. This entry begins with an overview of the societal and historical context and then reviews factors that affect the educational attainment of Mexican Americans.

Societal Context

According to U.S. Census data and recent Pew Hispanic Center reports (August 26, 2008; September 16, 2009; and April 22, 2010), there are now more than 30 million individuals of Mexican ancestry—native born and Mexican ...

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