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Wednesday, April 12th, 2017

Texas Demographer Has Given the Same Speech for 25 Years. Is Anyone Listening?

*Why you should read this: Because of two things – one, demography is destiny; and two, as Texas goes so will the country, eventually. VL By Sam DeGrave, Texas Observer (2.5 minute read)  or nearly three decades, demographer Steve Murdock has been delivering a message — a warning, really — to Texas legislators. By 2050, Texas will be

Tuesday, April 11th, 2017

The sound of inclusion: Why teachers’ words matter

*Why you should read this: Because it speaks directly to the need for more teachers of color in culturally diverse classrooms. Because “No student (or teacher) leaves their language patterns at the door when they enter a classroom.”...

Monday, December 26th, 2016

Why men of color need to do more than work hard

*Hard work is not enough, men of color need to be at the right place at the right time: “They need others to give them access to opportunities.” VL By Ray Salazar, Chicago Now (7.5 minute read) ...

Friday, December 16th, 2016

Teachers should not assign homework during winter break

*Here’s a piece your kids will love – because everyone needs a break. VL By Ray Salazar, The White Rhino (3 minute read)  Last week, a DNAInfoChicago article highlighted that some top high schools in the Chicago...

Thursday, December 15th, 2016

Border Cities Worry Ending NAFTA Will Hurt Their Economies

*Border economies, on both sides of the dividing line, depend on international trade. Ending NAFTA would be a devastating blow. VL By Paul J. Webber, Associated Press (4 minute read) LAREDO, Texas (AP) — Donald Trump’s only...

Thursday, December 8th, 2016

White flight is creating a separate and unequal system of higher education

*Fascinating! There’s a two-tiered system of higher education that is self-perpetuating and growing wider. Make sure to share this. VL By Anthony P. Carnevale, Washington Post (5 minute read) In the post-World War II era, whites fled the...

Friday, December 2nd, 2016

For the Past 20 Years, a Santa Ana Man Has Kept the Language of the Aztecs Alive

*This is a great, albeit a little long, piece for a Friday read. VL By Gabriel San Roman, OC Weekly (17 minute read)  “Okay, let’s start with practice!” Davíd Vázquez says in Spanish to a dozen or...

Thursday, December 1st, 2016

Top 100 colleges and Universities for Latinos

*Check it out. My alma mater ranked 8th in the number of bachelor’s degrees awarded to Latinos. Where does yours rank?  VL By Hispanic Outlook in Higher Education  Each year HO acknowledges America’s top colleges and universities...

Wednesday, November 30th, 2016

The Spanish Lesson I Never Got at School

*This is a terrific and needed read, especially in light of the post-election attempts to launch a new “political correctness” where bilingualism is seen as detrimental to national unity. It’s happening. We need more stories like this. VL...

Wednesday, November 30th, 2016

Who are the non-readers of America?

*Sadly, it’s Latinos. I’m not sure who or what the “Tree Hugger” publication is – but I’ve known to hug a tree or two in my life and I suppose this is a pro-environment publication. The data,...

Tuesday, November 22nd, 2016

Meet the Only Latino to Receive a Prestigious Rhodes Scholarship This Year

*Fantastic! More than 800 students competed for 32 slots. VL By Yara Simón, Remezcla (1.5 minute read) With 882 applicants going up for one of 32 coveted slots, the Rhodes Scholarship is extremely competitive. Despite the very low...

Thursday, November 17th, 2016

Tougher Times For Latino Students? History Says They’ve Never Had It Easy

*There’s deep irony in this piece. Latino kids will survive taunts and discrimination in their schools, that’s the good thing. But they’ll survive because it’s not a new thing, they’ve been surviving for generations, that’s the irony....

Wednesday, November 16th, 2016

Is the Latino voting bloc just a myth? It’s complicated

*It’s interesting how even conservative Latino writers are at a loss to explain the Latino vote. It’s funny that we find common ground in the not really knowing. VL By Ruben Navarrete, Washington Post Writer’s Group (4 minute...

Tuesday, November 15th, 2016

Protests and student walkouts mark the week after Trump’s win

*This is relevant because many of the high schoolers who are walking out are young Latinos, learning to turn their frustrations into voice and action. VL By Madison Park and Emanuella Grinberg, CNN (3 minute read) Every day...

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