Latino Studies | Latino Education Across the Americas
L380 | 2968 | Bradley Levinson


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
include:
•	What are some of the traditions and patterns of educating in
Latin American countries and communities, and how do some of these
traditions persist?
•	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?

Selected books:
1. John Hammond, Fighting to Learn: Popular Education and Guerrilla
War in El Salvador. (1998, Rutgers University Press).
2. Bradley Levinson, We Are All Equal: Student Culture and Identity
at a Mexican Secondary School, 1988-1998. (2001, Duke University
Press).
3. Angela Valenzuela. Subtractive Schooling: US-Mexican Youth and
the Politics of Caring. (1999, State University of New York Press)
4. Guadalupe Valdés. Con Respeto: Bridging the Distances Between
Culturally Diverse Families and Schools. (1996, Teachers College
Press)