Among the many recent books on educational reform, Eugene E. Garcia's Hispanic Education in the United States stands out as a landmark work. Garcia vibrantly portrays what works in creating better educational opportunities and effective school reform. He also offers a telling reflection on the bicultural experience of minority groups in the U.S. Culture is an asset in any individual's educational attainment. Garcia shows how and why our educational reforms therefore must seek to build upon rather than downplay the native culture and language of minority students. Poignant stories from the author's life--and from many other teachers and students--make this a vital book for the university classroom, and for any reader interested in the rapidly changing dynamics of America's schools.
In this comprehensive and well-grounded text, Gene Garcia combines extensive research with personal anecdotes to provide a thoughtful analysis of the complex issues surrounding Hispanic education in the United States. With a reasoned and dignified tone, Garcia presents wide-ranging data, considers current dilemmas, and suggests effective approaches for improving the educational future of Latinos of all backgrounds. This is a book that researchers, teachers, and policymakers will return to again and again for insight, information, and inspiration.--Sonia Nieto, University of Massachusetts