Project Dissertation

I moved to this fabulous city three years ago mainly to; be near an airport for travel, be able to not trade my stilletos for trainers, and to finish my doctoral studies in four years. Yes, that pretty much sums up my priorities at 30. So now I am ABD with nine months to go and San Francisco is no easy city to ignore. Although, I would argue that each experience that deters my academic writing is really just needed inspiration. Welcome and I hope you enjoy...

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Bilingual, Bicultural, and Dual Citizen. J School B.A., M.A. in High Incidence Disabilities, & ABD in Education.

Friday, October 06, 2006

To Tlaloc 1

If you turn in pages of your manuscript and even one paragraph gets cut- you better believe it will be your favorite. It may not have been the best of my writing but it felt like the little sacrificial lamb, the first of many I am sure to go to the dissertation gods:

In the 197o's Mexican-American students were classified as mentally retarded based on the results of English Language IQ test scores. The discrepancies in reading and spelling were greater than mathematics, demonstrating that language was attributed to test results. When the same students were tested in their native Spanish language the students scored above the mentally retarded category (Hernandez, 1973). At that time acculturation was also seen as a solution to increased Mexican-American student achievement. What has been proven over the last thirty years is quite opposite. Academic achievement has decreased as acculturation increased as measured by generational variance (Hernandez, 1973; Valenzuela, 1999). Research has found that the educational system in the United States has failed to meet the educational needs of Mexican-American students: When a child is asked to lose his ethnic identity through acculturation, absenteeism, and withdrawal has ensued (Hernandez, 1973; Davison Aviles et al., 1999; Valenzuela, 1999; Yowell, 2000; Foley, Bradley, & Levinson, 2001; Tyrone, 2003; Cammarota, 2004).

What was said, "you can't really say that the U.S. educational system has failed to meet the needs of Mexican-American students..."

The wake was very tasteful, at a chic downtown eatery over a flight of red wine, small plates and talk with good friends.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

that is fucked up. fuckin liars maintaining their myths.

2:23 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

girl... you need to prove them wrong.

12:21 AM  

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