Listen to podcast interview with author Ernesto Caravantes about his book Clipping Their Own Wings
Posted by Elena del Valle on June 25, 2007
Ernesto Caravantes, author, Clipping Their Own Wings
Photos: Ernesto Caravantes
A podcast interview with Ernesto Caravantes, author, Clipping Their Own Wings is available in the Podcast Section of Hispanic Marketing & Public Relations, HispanicMPR.com. During the podcast, Ernesto discusses his book with Elena del Valle, host of the HispanicMPR.com podcast.
Ernesto Caravantes is a native Angeleno who grew up in Lakewood, California. He was the only son of Mexican immigrant parents who instilled a deep sense of wonder and pride in his Mexican roots and had a profound impact on the choices and accomplishments in his life. They emphasized the value of education in the United States for those who want the best life possible, even the American Dream.
As a boy he visited the meat markets of Los Angeles and saw firsthand how beleaguered and unassimilated the Hispanic population had become in California. Latino immigrants were living in Los Angeles as if they had never left their native country. They remained poor, uneducated, and laboring at menial low-wage jobs with a stubborn resistance to learn English.
Ernesto’s parents were bilingual and spoke Spanish at home until he reached the second grade. His teacher told his parents, “Teach this boy English or go back to Mexico.” As a result his parents began a long crusade of English immersion. Although his early struggles to learn English as a first-grader along with subsequent remedial English classes, challenged his confidence they fueled a determination to succeed. As an adult, he expanded his skills, completing a Masters’ Degree in Counseling from the University of La Verne, hosting an educational cable television show, and becoming committed to lifelong learning.
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In Clipping Their Own Wings The Incompatibility between Latino Culture and American Education, Caravantes describes how the Latino culture itself is the culprit for Hispanic underachievement in the United States. He explains how Hispanics can advance themselves in society, without necessarily having to give up the beauty, spirit and lyricism that have given so much richness to Latin American culture.
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Mr. Caravantes does not quote one specific piece of research or evidence to show that the cultural values of Latinos negatively impact Latino educational success. His statements asserting that Latinos have a resistance to learning English and assimilating into the American culture is at best anecdotal nonsense and embarrassingly ignorant. He states that family solidarity is a primary cultural value and that education is a distant fourth or fifth Latino value. White Americans largely believe that Family, God and Country are the most important values to have. How have these negatively impacted the educational attainment of White Americans? The answer is that they haven’t.
Much research shows that poor diet, anemia, and iron deficiency impair mental and psychomotor development in infants and toddlers. Lead absorption, hearing loss and uncorrected vision all elements of poverty and a lack adequate medical care are associated with higher risks of school failure. Large schools have been shown to have a huge negative impact on poor communities and conversely small schools have shown to bring a high degree of success. The research is rich in what works to decrease drop-out rates and increase college attendance and none of that research blames “the Latino culture” for a lack of school success.