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Martin Meraz Garcia

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Chicano Education


From the very start of the educational career students are rarely exposed to the history, culture, and contributions of other ethnic groups that tie together the American way of life, past and present. Not until individuals reach higher education, are they introduced to studies that are designed specifically to enlighten the student’s knowledge of minorities and other ethnicities in the United States. In this study, I used peer review sources to highlight the advantages of schools that teach ethnic studies classes and the importance of understanding different groups of people at an earlier stage in a student’s life. The study will narrow down its focus to Chicana/o studies and the lack of diverse curriculum in the US education system. This work also explores the content taught in Chicana/o Studies wherever it is offered and the reasons for the existing gap in ethnic studies curriculum before college. Finally, this study focuses on how did we get to exclude the histories that make up so much of our American history, and how do we move forward in developing more ethnic studies programs to enhance the knowledge of younger people today?