The Importance Of Latino Education

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The United States is a country made up of many immigrants, with the Latino population representing the fastest growing ethnic group in the country. (U.S. Census Bureau, 2013). With the Latino population growing at such a rapid rate, more and more public schools are becoming highly diverse, multi-ethnic settings. School districts are being challenged to provide English language resources to assist all children in obtaining quality learning experiences. In addition, the need for cultural support and advocacy from their public schools is necessary. By learning how to better understand Latinos, school districts can strengthen their relationships with Latino families by considering how culture plays a role in their education. Today, the most urgent challenge facing the American educational system has a Latino appearance. Although Latinos are the most rapidly growing ethnic minority in our country, they lag far behind academically (Gandara & Contreras, 2009). These growing numbers of students of minority and mixed ethnicities need not only English language resources, but also cultural support and advocates from their public schools who understand their issues and are a voice for changes that are needed (Reyes, Scribner, & Scribner, 1999). In order for schools to educate all children, the relationship between the student, school, parent and community is of utmost importance. Schools can learn more about these students and their families by strengthening the relationships
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