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Chicano & Latino Education Issues

Being BAWSI

Shows how 3rd-5th grade low income girls and their moms, from an under-served Latino community in San Jose, California, transcend cultural and economic hurdles by being BAWSI (pronounced "bossy"). Co-founded by soccer star Brandi Chastain, BAWSI (Bay Area Women's Sports Initiative) is an after school fitness and motivation program. The film shows the girls and their mothers having fun working out alongside Chastain and college women athletes that volunteer to coach, mentor and be role models for a healthy lifestyle.

Bilingual Education.

Examines Latino consensus on the issue of bilingual education while also looking at efforts to increase literacy levels and English language skills among Latinos. Dist.: Films Media Group. 1992. 26 min.

Class Divided

Documents a reunion of Iowa teacher Jane Elliott and her third-grade class of 1970, subjects that year of an ABC News television documentary entitled: The eye of the storm. Shows how her experimental curriculum on the evils of discrimination had a lasting effect on the lives of the students. 58 min.
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Cultural Bias in Education.

Examines roadblocks to Latino academic advancement as well as productive educational models. Dist.: Films Media Group. 28 min.

Fear and Learning at Hoover Elementary.

A documentary by Los Angeles teacher Laura Angelica Simon, exploring the impact of California's Proposition 187 on the immigrant community. The subject is Hoover Street Elementary School, where Simon candidly explores the attitudes and emotions of teachers, students and parents, focusing on a ten year old Salvadorian girl. A film by Laura Angelica Simon 1997. 53 min.

Free Speech and Racism on Campus: Nightline: June 12, 1989.

Racist attacks are on the rise on America's college campuses. This newscast asks should some kinds of free speech be censored on university campuses because of their racial or sexual content? Includes interviews with Nat Hentoff of the Village Voice, college professors and students at Stanford University and the University of Michigan. 23 min.

Going to School (Ir a la escuela)

Documentary focuses on experiences of several disabled students of Hispanic descent in Los Angeles attending their neighborhood public schools rather than schools for students with special needs. The role of parents as advocates, including their successes and frustrations, is especially emphasized, as well as the need for educators to become more aware of particular challenges that students with disabilities face at school. Producer, director, editor and narrator, Richard Cohen. 2001. 64 min. ;

Hablas Ingles?

Videocassette release of a segment of the television program Currents.Examines bilingual education in the U.S., focusing on the arguments for and against a constitutional amendment to make English the official language of the United States. Includes interviews with Linda Chavez, president of U.S. English, and Juan Cartagena, of the Puerto Rican Legal Defense Fund. 26 min.

In Plain English.

Made by filmmaker Julia Lesage. African-American, Asian-American, Pacific Islander, Chicano/Latin American and Native American undergraduate and graduate students discuss their expectations about college life before they came to the University of Oregon and the reality they encountered while at the university and they examine their experiences with racism and discrimination. 42 min.

Lost in Translation: Latinos, Schools and Society

The Latino dropout rate in the United States is 2.5 times higher than that of blacks and 3.5 times than that of whites. Why do so many young Latinos drop out? John Merrow explores the complex answer involving language problems, inadequate resources, lack of opportunities, poverty and the lure of the street. He also examines the future of Latino youth in the United States and the impact of California's Proposition 227, which would discontinue bilingual education. Documentary originally aired on the television program the Merrow Report. 1998. 60 min.

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