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Latina TeachersCreating Careers and Guarding Culture$
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Glenda M. Flores

Print publication date: 2017

Print ISBN-13: 9781479839070

Published to NYU Press Scholarship Online: January 2018

DOI: 10.18574/nyu/9781479839070.001.0001

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From “Americanization” to “Latinization”

From “Americanization” to “Latinization”

(p.5) 1 From “Americanization” to “Latinization”
Latina Teachers

Glenda M. Flores

NYU Press

While Mexican-origin children and other racial/ethnic and language-minority children were once forced to undergo Americanization programs that urged them to assimilate into a white mainstream, the remnants of these policies still influence the workplace culture that Latina teachers encounter daily, but “majority–minority” schools allow for a different scenario. This chapter situates the study in the literature from various disciplines, drawing from theories about workplace inequities and educational disenfranchisement. It relies on classical and contemporary educational theories to detail the history of segregation Latino youth faced in the U.S. educational system and in southern California schools. It connects cultural deficit and subtractive schooling theories to argue that these perspectives linger, influencing the measures Latina teachers take once in their jobs. It explains how Latino ethnic culture is a powerful asset that Latina teachers bring to their workplaces to promote educational attainment.

Keywords:   Americanization, assimilate, mainstream, ethnic culture, subtractive schooling, multiracial, segregation, asset, majority–minority, education

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