Injustice In Education

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Many people have been affected by the injustice in the educational system. However, this injustice has been set in place because people think they are better than others. In the book BLOWOUT! by Mario T. Garcia and Sal Castro it talks about many young students dealing with this, and a man trying to make a difference. Sal Castro is the man fighting to make a difference for latino’s. He experienced the injustice from a very young age, to the point where when he became an educator, he saw his own students dealing with this issue. So he decides to dedicate himself to try, and make a difference for the Chicano community. Although, this path to make a difference was very demanding of his time. He lost his marriage, and a few teaching positions because …show more content…
So he quickly realizes nothing has changed, and the main reason is because the way California viewed their schools. It was said that schools in Southern California “were not only segregated, but they were inferior. The children received a limited education with stress on vocational education, few learning resources such as books, also no understanding and appreciation for the students cultural backgrounds and had low expectations for the students” (Castro 110). These Latino students are being set up for failure from the beginning just because the way the schools are viewed. If all schools were looked down upon would any students ever become successful. The truth is only minorities in school are looking down on because who would ever look down on a privileged white school. So Castro does some homework on his own to deepen his understanding of the situation. He decides to write a paper on how Mexican, and Mexican American students are different. His results are a bit surprising because he found out that “Mexican-born students came to this country already having had successful learning experiences in their schools and this helped them do better compared to the US-born Chicanos they were having identity problems and insecurities” (Castro 88). He finally sees how he can help these very two different types of students he is dealing with in school. Understanding that the US-born Mexicans …show more content…
Being passionate of this issue is what drove Castro to not give up, and fighting on for all these Chicano students. While planning other schools joined him because they too were dealing with injustice in the educational system. So he came up with a bluff to have all the schools walk out. Sal Castro explains that he “really wanted bluff the school board and school officials.. the threat of a mass student civil disobedience as a way of forcing them to listen to the kids and to change their attitude and practices about our students” (147). The bluff was looking very serious because he gather many students and teachers to sell it. However, more and more schools were joining his movement because they were all ready for change. Just hoping that the school board would listen to them without actually walking out. They never took the bait though, so the first school Garfield high got tired of waiting and decided to walk out. This shocked Castro because this wasn’t part of the plan, but it worked in his favor anyways. The school board seeing that one school walked out would now realize that this is no longer a bluff, and might consider listening to Castro and the students. He preferred the term Blowouts, but many of the students called it walkouts because most people knew it as that. However, many blowouts happened after the first one and he had the media capture each one. He knew

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