The Debate Of Chicano Studies . Chicano Studies Has Been

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The Debate of Chicano Studies Chicano Studies has been taught in schools for many years now, however there has been recent issues on whether Chicano Studies should be banned or stay available in schools. Many believe that Chicano Studies has played a beneficial role in student’s success while others strongly disagree. I will be presenting both sides of the issue on whether there should be a Chicano studies curriculum or not. I propose having several regulations for Chicano Studies in a way that may not be too liberal and will essentially satisfy both parties. Chicano studies originated in the late 1960’s and 1970’s during the Chicano Movement. This program was set into place to focus on Mexican-American history in hopes the…show more content…
This statistic is important because it shows how much Chicano students have struggled in school at every grade level. Compare these numbers with the white community, “84 graduate from high school, 26 graduate with a bachelor 's degree and 10 earn a professional degree...Chicanas and Chicanos, have the lowest educational attainment of any group” there is great cause for concern (Marquez). These realities have a variety of causes as these students “usually attend racially segregated, overcrowded schools” and with “poorly maintained facilities, students are often enrolled in classes where undertrained, under credentialed faculty attempt to teach with minimal resources” many as "tracked into remedial or vocational program” (Marquez). David Scott ran data in academic performances by ethnic-studies students and states that Chicano students do better in school when having these programs available because they are a "substantial boost" for those poorest students (Scott 2012). If they don’t have these programs the result then is that “they drop out, or are pushed, out of the educational pipeline in higher numbers than any other group” (Marquez). While enrolled, “students often describe graduate school as a place where they feel invisible” as most programs “tend to be racially exclusive with predominately white students, faculty and curricula that omit Chicano histories and perspectives” (Marquez). For this reason, it is suggested by Scott for imperative

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