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The Historical Legacy of Educational Injustice: Reflections on the Fortieth Anniversary of the Chicana/o School Blowouts


by Gilda L. Ochoa June 16, 2008

This year marks the fortieth anniversary of the Chicana/o School Blowouts where over 10,000 East Los Angeles students walked out of schools to protest a system of educational inequality. Inspired by the Black civil rights movement, the farmworkers movement, and the land rights struggles in New Mexico, Mexican American students walked out of schools demanding bilingual and bicultural education, more Mexican American teachers, relevant curriculum, accurate textbooks, and the end of prejudiced teachers that steered Mexican American students into vocational classes. These walkouts galvanized community members and students throughout the Southwest and Midwest to also stand up for educational justice. They drew attention to the disparities in schools and helped to set in motion the formation of Chicana/o Studies classes, programs, and departments.


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Cite This Article as: Teachers College Record, Date Published: June 16, 2008
http://www.tcrecord.org ID Number: 15288, Date Accessed: 12/11/2017 2:16:22 PM

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  • Gilda Ochoa
    Pomona College
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    GILDA L. OCHOA is Associate Professor of Sociology and Chicana/o - Latina/o Studies at Pomona College.
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