Archive for October 20th, 2010

October 20, 2010

Educational Excellence for Hispanic Americans (video)

President Barack Obama said “Today, Latinos make up the largest minority group in America’s schools, and they face challenges of monumental proportions.  We’ve got to solve this problem, because if we allow these trends to continue, it won’t just be one community that falls behind—we will all fall behind together.”  To this end, he has signed an executive order on education and Hispanics.

Read the press release here.

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October 20, 2010

A close call for immigration reform

by Cristina Villarreal

On September 7, 2010 Mayor Richard Daley announced he would not run for re-election for mayor of Chicago.  After 21 years as Mayor, he decided he was ready to retire.  For many of us young Chicagoans we do not remember any other Mayor of Chicago.   The implication of this was huge for Chicago, but could also have had huge implications for immigration reform.

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October 20, 2010

La anti-Latina

by Libby Juliá Vázquez

I recently returned from living in Puerto Rico where I spent time getting to know my island, my family and my culture.  My experience there only confirmed what I’ve always known: I love everything about being a Puerto Rican Latina.  I love the fact that almost any occasion turns into a party the minute someone says, “Hay me encanta esa cancion, sube el volume.”  I love the culture, the traditions and of course THE FOOD. Despite this love for all that I am, I’m often told that I am not Latina enough and once I was even told that I am the antithesis of a Latina, or as I like to call it: La anti-Latina.

What is la anti-Latina you ask! Perhaps a genetic mutation caused by eating under-seasoned food during pregnancy. Don’t know, but my Mom swears that a big caldero and a good man may just be the cure.

Could you be one too?  Compare her traits and see…

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October 20, 2010

Family values

by Eileen Rivera-de la Hoz

I recently had a flashback to when my girls were younger and I heard not-so-nice words come out of their mouths. We had a discussion about adult words and children’s mouths. You know, the kind of discussion that starts with “We need to talk” and ends with “Because I said so.”

As a parent, I accepted responsibility for my kids’ education the moment they were born; the good and the bad. In this instance, I taught by my bad example. Driving around Hudson County, New Jersey is a challenge in the best of times; at its worst, it does lead to adult words flying towards the windshield. Unfortunately, my little sponges sitting in the back seat soaked it all up. The giggling and snickering from the back seat reminded me to find a better way to express my frustration, but that only worked until the next car cut me off. Then it was time for another discussion.

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October 20, 2010

RSA Animate – Changing Education Paradigms (Video)

This animate was adapted from a talk given at the RSA by Sir Ken Robinson, world-renowned education and creativity expert and recipient of the RSA’s Benjamin Franklin award.

October 20, 2010

Obama Still Smokin’: A Modern U.S. President (Video)

October 20, 2010

La Quinceañera

by Greg Martinez

A Quinceañera is the Latino equivalent of a sweet sixteen party, only more so. The quinceañera is a celebration of a girl’s 15th birthday. It is a coming of age ritual, marking the transition from childhood to womanhood. In the Mexican tradition, the quinceañera typically begins with a mass in the Catholic Church. It is then followed by a big party. The whole event is a lot like a wedding, but without the groom. La quinceañera (the birthday girl) looks like a bride, she wears a formal dress and a crown like a princess would wear. There are a group of boys called “chamberlains” reminiscent of groomsmen in a wedding. There are also a group of girls similar to the bridesmaids in a wedding. The quinceañera is primarily celebrated in certain Latin American countries and also in the United States by immigrants from Latin America.

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