Research on Capitol Hill

Faculty Mentor

Crescencio López-González


In the United States, we have produced and institutionalized unreliable educational practices that limit the potential for Mexican American students K-12.

Factual examples presented in the films Walkout (2006) by Edward James Olmos, Stand and Deliver (1988) by Ramón Menéndez, Spare Parts (2015) by Sean McNamara, and Niki Caro’s McFarland, USA (2015). These films show the undeniable need for teachers willing to stand alone and go against the societal expectations placed upon Mexican American students.

Our research suggests that stereotypes have restricted and diminished the potential for Mexican American students.

The research details to what effect teachers and administrators negatively perceive Mexican American students and offer them insufficient educational support. When a school system motivates teachers, it can transform Mexican American students and, in turn, yield academic success.

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