Subtractive Schooling: U.S. - Mexican Youth and the Politics of Caring

SUNY Press
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Subtractive Schooling provides a framework for understanding the patterns of immigrant achievement and U.S.-born underachievement frequently noted in the literature and observed by the author in her ethnographic account of regular-track youth attending a comprehensive, virtually all-Mexican, inner-city high school in Houston. Valenzuela argues that schools subtract resources from youth in two major ways: firstly by dismissing their definition of education and secondly, through assimilationist policies and practices that minimize their culture and language. A key consequence is the erosion of students’ social capital evident in the absence of academically oriented networks among acculturated, U.S.-born youth.
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Angela Valenzuela is Professor in Curriculum and Instruction and Center for Mexican American Studies at the University of Texas, Austin.

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SUNY Press
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Published on
Mar 31, 2010
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Pages
346
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ISBN
9781438422626
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English
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Education / Bilingual Education
Education / Multicultural Education
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