The Neglect of Mexican American Students
This study is the result of a year and half of field research in a high school and junior high school in Nampa, Idaho, U.S.A. The primary qualitative methods involved the interviewing of teachers and students as observing in classrooms. The findings confirm critical theory since Mexican American students were victims of intense institutionalized racism that resulted in a 41% drop out rate for Hispanic students while those that remained in school were marginalized. A series of recommendations are reviewed as to best practices in how to reduce the pushing-out of minority students.
Keywords: Qualitative Research, Critical Theory, Discounting, Mexican American Students
Dr. Richard Baker
Professor of Sociology, Dept of Sociology, Boise State University