Bring out the best in your male Latino students!
Largely misunderstood and in many cases underserved, Latino boys often miss out on key academic opportunities for achievement and success in school. Educator David Campos, a champion of higher education for Latino boys, provides proven strategies to promote their achievement.
Through powerful vignettes and helpful “What can I do next?” sections, Campos helps teachers and administrators understand the unique assets that this remarkable group of students brings into the school community and how to engage them as learners. Educating Latino Boys demonstrates how to: Enhance student engagement and achievement by addressing Latino boys' specific needs; Explore personal and school-wide beliefs to better understand how to serve this population; Develop strategies for motivating Latino boys to pursue higher education; Address unique challenges that Latino boys face both in the home and at school
Educating Latino Boys is an essential resource for improving educational opportunities and outcomes for this important population of students.
“With passionate concern and a probing insight drawn from experiences as both learner and educator, David Campos deconstructs the complex factors affecting the academic success of Latino boys in our schools today and compels us to embrace the need for change.”
—Kathleen Palmer Cleveland, Author of Teaching Boys Who Struggle in School
“David Campos makes a persuasive case for the need to examine the lived experience of Latino boys and the implications for policy and practice. His many examples are powerful, imaginative, and supported by data.”
—Valerie J. Janesick, Professor
University of South Florida
Chapter 1: Introduction
Examining the Education of Latino Boys Is Important
I have wanted to write about Latino boys for some time, especially whenever I encounter data on their achievement, dropout rates, college enrollment numbers, and so forth. I cannot help but ponder how reports of these measurements—albeit helpful to some—cast the Latino boy. I dread that the impression given is an unfavorable one, with descriptors such as inadequate, defective, and insufficient coming to mind. These words frame the Latino boy as a problem (that needs fixing) or as a nuisance (to contend with); they are constructs that influence how Latino boys are appraised, treated, and served. Policy makers, school personnel, and community leaders do Latino boys a grave disservice whenever they regard these boys in this deficit-focused ...