Mixtec Dropouts In High School
February 21, 2010, 10:25 PM
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Re: James Fulford`s post Rhode Island School Fires All Its Teachers–But It Might Do Better To Fire Some Students: I don`t know the country of origin for the Hispanic students in Rhode Island but in California many of the Hispanic kids are Mexican. When I lived in Santa Barbara, I learned a great deal about Mexicans. The folks arrive with little education and the kids have very little education either. The schools put them in age-appropriate grades but they can`t keep up and so they drop out.

The parents sometimes arrive with kids who are 12, 13, 14 and they use the schools for a babysitting service while they work in the fields. This is especially true for kids who speak only their native tongue which is not Spanish but rather Mixteco.

It`s simple to track; one just goes to the school website and looks for Mixteco-speakers in the 8th grade and 9th grade and there are quite a few but in the 10th grade, there are no Mixteco speakers. They did not learn to speak English. They dropped out and went to work picking strawberries.