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 4: The Cultural Background of Latino Boys
The Cultural Background of Latino Boys
Kevin is a well-behaved fifth-grade student at his Pico Union (Los Angeles) community school. He is popular among his peers, and his teacher believes that he holds considerable promise because he excels in all subject areas. His parents migrated from Guatemala (they are undocumented) in the mid-nineties, and all three of their children were born in the United States. (Kevin, the youngest, is named after the actor Kevin Costner, because his father was impressed with the movie Dances With Wolves when it was shown in their native country). His parents speak only Spanish, so they are especially proud of Kevin for mastering English in a matter of years. They tell him regularly that the ...