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Higher Education as Ignorance: The Contempt of Mexicans in the American Educational System


reviewed by Danielle Tadros — March 02, 2009

coverTitle: Higher Education as Ignorance: The Contempt of Mexicans in the American Educational System
Author(s): Julián Segura Camacho
Publisher: Hamilton Books, Lanham
ISBN: 0761840265, Pages: 120, Year: 2008
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Julián Segura Camacho’s Higher Education as Ignorance: The Contempt of Mexicans in the American Educational System reviews the struggles of Mexican Americans within the American Educational System, specifically problems within California. Camacho writes: My personal experiences are case studies in some of education’s greatest debates: being Mexican or American; …10% of Mexican Americans who attend community college transfer; only 10-15% graduate from a 4-year institution; …and of course, the view that Mexican culture… is a hindrance to success in education. (p. vii)  In his text, Camacho recounts events he experienced from K-12, through college, and is currently experiencing as a professor. Although the author surfaces important issues affecting the educational progression of Mexicans in the US, I argue that his limited perspective of only Mexican males disregards the plight that other minority groups have encountered in gaining access to higher education. Camacho’s first person review of the treatment of Mexican... (preview truncated at 150 words.)


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Cite This Article as: Teachers College Record, Date Published: March 02, 2009
http://www.tcrecord.org ID Number: 15581, Date Accessed: 10/16/2017 8:29:09 PM

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  • Danielle Tadros
    University of Pennsylvania
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    DANIELLE TADROS is a M.S.Ed. Candidate in Higher Education at the University of Pennsylvania Graduate School of Education.
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