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Subtractive Schooling: U.S.-Mexican Youth and the Politics of Caring

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Provides an enhanced sense of what's required to genuinely care for and educate the U.S.-Mexican youth in America.
Paperback, 328 pages
Published November 1st 1999 by State University of New York Press (first published October 1999)
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Oct 16, 2011 Ceci rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Anyone interested in thinking about the underlying social structures that influence our schools
This an excellent piece of ethnographic work, and it well deserves the AERA 2000 Outstanding Book Award. Valenzuela does a fascinating job of merging the literatures of caring and social capital through the experiences of Seguin high school's students. Her argument that the social organization of Seguin High School subtracts cultural resources from Seguin's students is well supported through carefully selected evidentiary support. This book is hard to put down, and although through the cases pre ...more
Nov 11, 2008 diana rated it 1 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: absolutely no one
Recommended to diana by: Buriel
Awful fucking book.

Valenzuela's research is thorough and interesting. The problem is that Valenzuela does not actually interpret her data. The book is written without even the semblance of objectivity; rather, Valenzuela substitutes an unconditional privileging of Mexican culture for logical interpretation or clear argumentation. At no point in the book does she actually lay out an argument. Despite the fact that it is the title of her book, she never explains how schools subtract resources from
This was my high school experience summarized into 270 pages.

Valenzuela does an excellent job of breaking down the disparity Mexican American youth face throughout public schooling careers. Her research and field notes show how youths feel subjagated by the system into feeling like lower class citizens not worthy of a good public education. Definitely an interesting and insightful read that I would recommend to anyone who wants to understand the youth culture of Mexican Americans, or all minori
Valenzuela has a good style of weaving a picture of systemic mistreatment of kids. Her style is compelling and very readable, but at the same time rich with enough data to make a strong case for the what she argues is happening to Latino students. I, personally, would like to see more offering about what could be done about the problem, but I understand that is not her project, but my interest.
Powerful ethnography about the lives of Latin@ secondary students. The stories about the difference teachers and administrators can make in children's lives stayed with me.
an important book if you like reading educational theory mixed with case studies.
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