"Mexican Americans Don't Value Education!" On the Basis of the Myth, Mythmaking, and Debunking

  title={"Mexican Americans Don't Value Education!" On the Basis of the Myth, Mythmaking, and Debunking},
  author={Richard R. Valencia},
  journal={Journal of Latinos and Education},
  pages={103 - 81}
Notwithstanding evidence to the contrary, a major myth lingers that Mexican Americans, particularly parents of low-socioeconomic status background, do not value education. As a consequence, the myth asserts, Mexican American children experience poor academic achievement. We examine this myth in 3 ways. First, we suggest that the basis for the myth lies in the pseudoscientific notion of "deficit thinking," a mind-set molded by the fusion of ideology and science that blames the victim, rather… Expand
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