Latino Studies | Education Across the Americas
L380 | 8912 | B. Levinson
Advising Note: Prerequisite of L211 has been waived. No Prequisites.
Is this class for me?
Will you be working in a school with Latino/Hispanic students? Do you
want to know more about their cultures of origin, and their
approaches to education? Would you like to learn more about how
schools in the U.S. have educated Latino students, and about the best
ways to educate them now? Finally, would you like to get involved
with Latino education now in Indiana?
What is it all about?
This new course, which may be taken in Education or Latino Studies,
will involve reading, video viewing, and discussion around key
patterns and issues in Latino education. The course will also have
individualized research according to your interests, as well as a
service learning component, in which you will get involved with
Latino youth in Monroe County or elsewhere. Some of the critical
questions that will guide our joint inquiry throughout the course
• What are some of the traditions and patterns of educating in
Latin American countries and communities, and how do some of these
• What educational commonalties and differences both unite and
divide different Latino groups (e.g., Cuban, Mexican, Salvadoran, and
Puerto Rican)? What commonalties and differences (age, generation,
class, gender) unite or divide Latinos within these groups?
• What unique challenges do Latinos face in contemporary U.S.
schools, and how can schools rise to meet these challenges?
1. John Hammond, Fighting to Learn: Popular Education and Guerrilla
War in El Salvador.
2. Bradley Levinson, We Are All Equal: Student Culture and Identity
at a Mexican Secondary School.
3. Angela Valenzuela. Subtractive Schooling: US-Mexican Youth and the
Politics of Caring.
4. Guadalupe Valdés. Con Respeto: Bridging the Distances Between
Culturally Diverse Families and Schools.