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The Latina/o Midwest Reader$
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Omar Valerio-Jiménez, Santiago R. Vaquera-Vásquez, and Claire F. Fox

Print publication date: 2017

Print ISBN-13: 9780252041211

Published to Illinois Scholarship Online: September 2018

DOI: 10.5622/illinois/9780252041211.001.0001

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Contesting the Myth of Uncaring

Contesting the Myth of Uncaring

Latina/o Parents Advocating for Their Children

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(p.140) Contesting the Myth of Uncaring
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The Latina/o Midwest Reader
Author(s):

Carolyn Colvin

Jay Arduser

Elizabeth Willmore

Publisher:
University of Illinois Press
DOI:10.5622/illinois/9780252041211.003.0009

This chapter explores and challenge the perception that immigrant parents demonstrate a kind of caring and advocacy that differs from dominant majority parents. It situates the case of one Salvadoran parent in the larger context of research that documents the differing communication practices of immigrant parents and teachers who teach their children. Teachers may misinterpret communication practices and participation in school events as a lack of caring. Using the story of Margarita, a Salvadoran parent of three children, the chapter demonstrates the experiences of one immigrant parent interacting with rural teachers to show how Latina/o parents are involved and actively advocate for their children’s academic futures. It concludes with a call to educators to adopt new visions of working with immigrant parents in jointly constructed activities where both parents and teachers assume shared roles of learning to solve problems, and to learn to work across diverse experiences.

Keywords:   Immigrant parents, Communication Practices, Advocacy, Iowa, Salvadoran immigrants, Transnational Communities, Educators, Parental Involvement, Rural School Districts, Latina/o Parents

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