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    Symposium: "Staging Encounters": The Educational Decline of U.S. Puerto Ricans in [Post]-Colonial Perspective

    Catherine E. Walsh
    In this article, Catherine Walsh presents and analyzes the colonial "push-and-pull" of education in a White-run, northeastern school system where Puerto Rican students are the numerical majority. Using school department data, court reports, interviews, and field notes collected over the last five years, Walsh provides a case study of the condition and experience of Puerto Rican students in these schools, making central the present-day manifestations of colonialism in the workings of schools and highlighting the opposition that emerges in response. This opposition includes racially/ethnically positioned tensions that shape administrative policy- and decisionmaking. Walsh suggests that students, parents, and others working for the improvement of conditions for Puerto Ricans must come to better understand the push-and-pull of colonial relations in the schools, make connections between the need and strategies for educational change and for change in other social institutional contexts, and establish alliances across groups, contexts, and other boundaries.

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    Summer 1998 Issue


    Richard Dobles, Jose Antonio Segarra
    Ricardo Dobles, Jose Antonio Segarra
    Symposium: Fact and Fiction: Stories of Puerto Ricans in U.S. Schools
    Sonia Nieto
    Symposium: Nationalist Ideologies, Neighborhood-Based Activism, and Educational Spaces in Puerto Rican Chicago
    Ana Y. Ramos-Zayas
    Symposium: Bilingual Education for Puerto Ricans in New York City: From Hope to Compromise
    Sandra Del Valle
    Symposium: "Staging Encounters": The Educational Decline of U.S. Puerto Ricans in [Post]-Colonial Perspective
    Catherine E. Walsh
    Symposium: Memorias de una Vida de Obra (Memories of a Life of Work): An Interview with Antonia Pantoja
    Wilhelmina Perry

    Book Notes

    Revolutionary Multiculturalism
    By Peter McLaren

    Anything but Mexican
    By Rodolfo F. Acuña

    Education for Extinction
    By David Wallace Adams

    The Other Struggle for Equal Schools
    By Rubén Donato

    The Changing Curriculum
    By Ivor F. Goodson

    Personas Mexicanas
    By James Diego Vigil

    Many Families, Many Literacies
    Edited by Denny Taylor

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