The Palm Beach Post from West Palm Beach, Florida on November 15, 1968 · Page 12
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The Palm Beach Post from West Palm Beach, Florida · Page 12

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V THE U fi$53FTO VV NAME OF 8:30 PM f &$J$M K T0N1GHT1L UM 12 Palm Beach Post, Friday, Nov. 15, 1968 Mexican-Americans Fight Problem By PETER HERRERA education at all; the majority Mexican characteristics," he The language barrier is dis- have been hampered by it. grandchildren left behind to ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. have no more than a sixth said. "Jose is told he's Joe." solving in metropolitan areas Special education classes for attend school. Schooling costs (LPI) The Mexican-Ameri- grade learning compared to Calderon blames the high but Mexican Americans in the adults Head Start programs the family wages but Is be- cans of the Southwest are on an 11th grade average among drop out rate on the language "colonias" rural communi- for children are making some coming more popular as rec- the move politically, but their "Angelo" children, and 60 per problem. He said: "The ties of migrant workers re- inroads. ognitionof its value grows, biggest obstacle to a better life cent never graduate from high youngsters have passed to the tain Spanish. Jose Rangel and his family is education. school. third grade by the time they in the Rio Grande Valley of are typical of those in Colonia Rangel speaks no English. Right now there is a de- As University of Texas an- have learned enough English Texas it generally Is the onlv Nueva near Edinburg. Rangel His children speak very little pressing lack of it among the thropologlst Richard N. Ad- to understand, but by that language of Mexican-Ameri- and his wife are too old to but his grandchildren are flu- approximatcly 5 million mem- ams put It: "It can hardly be a time they have lost three cans and the children even if follow the crops so they stay ently bilingual and he Is proud bers of "La Ra.a" (The Race) matter of local pride that the grades." 'hey can go to school all year home, caring for a half dozen of it. concentrated primarily in descendants of the first Eu- Texas, California and New ropeans to conquer Texas are Mexico. now to be counted among the In Texas, 22 per cent of the state's most poorly educated Mexican Americans have no citizens." This man has some refreshing new ideas about your insurance Save more WGreen Stamps now for extra Christmas gifts! The educational situation is better In New Mexico, but still well below the norm. Spanish Americans make up .'ill per cent of the state's population, but only about 1(1 per cent of the University of New Mexico enrollment. Their dropout rate is high, too, with Spanish-Americans making up l.r per cent of the freshman class but only six per cent of the graduating class. In California the average Mexican-American student reaches the 8.5 grade level before dropping out, about a year behind the Negro average. 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