Dr. Ana Martinez-Catsam

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History 6354.801.2162 (hybrid course): Topics in Chicano/a History

The Fight for Educational Equality

Spring 2016

Dr. Ana Martinez-Catsam

Office: MB 4130

Office Phone: (432)552-2313

E-mail: martinez_a@utpb.edu

Office Hours: Tuesday & Thursday 10:00-10:50, 12:30-1:40; Tuesday 4:30-5:30pm; Wednesday 11-12:00 online advising; or by appointment

Class Structure: This course is a hybrid class which combines in-class sessions and online activity.
Course Description & Goals: This course will examine the Mexican-American community’s fight for educational equality from 1900 to the 1980s. The class interweaves the political, social, economic, and cultural dimensions of this experience with emphasis on the linkages between them. This course is designed to function as an exercise in reading and interpreting secondary sources and as a traditional seminar class in which students will lead discussions. The goal for this class is for you to learn how to think historically and critically about the past and for you to gain a better understanding of the battle for equality.
Assigned Books:

Gilbert Gonzalez, Chicano Education in the Era of Segregation

Ruben Donato, Mexicans and Hispanos in Colorado Schools and Communities, 1920-1960

Darius Echeverria, Aztlan Arizona: Mexican American Educational Empowerment, 1968-1978

*Students will be assigned several scholarly articles.
Grading: The student’s work will be evaluated on content, quality and clarity of expression, analysis and overall understanding.
Project Assignment1: 25%

Project Assignment 2: 25%

Class Discussions: 25%

Blackboard Activities: 25%

Project Assignments: Students will receive instructional handouts detailing the assignment which will consist of multiple parts, including an essay and a primary source (newspaper) section.
Blackboard Activities: Students will participate in a variety of graded activities from discussions to research.
Class Discussion: Students should come to class prepared to analyze, question and discuss the topics raised for the session. Participation grades will be based on the instructor’s evaluation of the student’s understanding of the reading assignments and contribution to class discussions. It is common for individuals to express political, religious, and cultural opinions during discussions but keep in mind that when an opinion is expressed it must be supported. Warning: when opposing viewpoints are expressed individuals are required to extend respect and tolerance to their fellow classmates, professor, guest lecturer, etc. I will not tolerate aggressive language or disrespect.
Attendance: Because of the importance of discussion, attendance will affect your grade. Any student who misses two class meetings (unexcused absence) will have his/her final grade penalized a full letter grade. The professor reserves the right to accept or reject unconventional and undocumented excuses.
Academic Integrity: All students are responsible for adhering to a certain standard of behavior when it comes to honesty and plagiarism. A student who engages in scholastic dishonesty, which includes, but is not limited to cheating, plagiarism, and collusion will receive an “F” for the course. Academic dishonesty is unacceptable and will not be tolerated in any form. All persons involved in academic dishonesty will be disciplined in accordance with University regulations and procedures. For complete information on UTPB student conduct and discipline procedures consult http://www.utpb.edu/campus-life/dean-of-students/student-conduct

Acceptable Student Behavior: Classroom behavior should not interfere with the instructor’s ability to conduct the class or the ability of other students to learn from the instructional program (Code of Student Life). Unacceptable or disruptive behavior will not be tolerated. Students engaging in unacceptable behavior may be instructed to leave the classroom. Inappropriate behavior may result in disciplinary action or referral to the University’s Behavioral Intervention Team. This prohibition applies to all instructional forums, including electronic, classroom, labs, discussion groups, field trips, etc.

  • Students must arrive on time and stay for the entire class

  • Turn off all cell phones and pagers before entering class—ABSOLUTELY NO TEXTING DURING CLASS

  • Students who receive permission to use a computer for lecture notes will lose this privilege if they use the computer during class for other reasons

Disability Accommodations – To request academic accommodations for a disability, contact Leticia Madrid, Director of the PASS Office in the Mesa Building Room 1160, 432-552-2631, madrid_l@utpb.edu .  Students are required to provide documentation of disability to the PASS Office prior to receiving accommodations.  The PASS Office refers some types of accommodation requests to the University Counseling Center which provides diagnostic testing for learning and psychological disabilities.  For information about testing, contact Suzanne Rathbun in the University Counseling Center, 432-552-2365, rathbun_s@utpb.edu .

Tentative Course Calendar: Students are responsible for all material presented in class, and for all announcements made in class, including changes in the schedule and due dates, whether they are present or not.


Topic & Readings

Jan 19 (class)

Introduction & Historiography Overview

Jan 26 (class)

Fight for Educational Rights: 1900-1945

“Anglo Ideologies in 1920s-30s”-Menchaca & Valencia; “They Cannot Master Abstractions but They Can Often Be Made Efficient Workers”-Blanton; “From Intellectual Deficiency to Cultural Deficiency”-Blanton; “Culture and Education in the American Southwest 1850-1940”-San Miguel

Feb 2 (online)

Fight for Educational Rights: 1900-1945

“This is not Right”-Melcher; “Blow out 1910 Style”-De Leon; “Children of the Harvest”-Theobald & Donato

Feb 9 (class)

Fight for Educational Rights: 1900-1945

Gonzalez, Chicano Education in the Era of Segregation

Feb 16 (online)

Fight for Educational Rights: 1940-60

“Segregation of Mexican Children in a Southern California City”-Gonzalez; “Struggle against Separate & Unequal Schools”-San Miguel

Feb 23 (class)

Fight for Educational Rights: 1940-60

“Brown over “Other White”-Wilson; “Between Mendez & Brown”-Powers & Patton

Mar 1 (online)

Fight for Educational Rights: 1940-60

“Education and the Mexican American: Eleuterio Escobar and the School Improvement League of San Antonio”-Garcia

Mar 15 (class)

Fight for Educational Rights: 1940-60

Ruben Donato, Mexicans and Hispanos in Colorado Schools and Communities, 1920-1960

Mar 22 (online)

Fight for Educational Rights: 1940-60

“Mexican American Organizations and the Changing Politics of School Desegregation”-San Miguel

Mar 29 (class)

Fight for Educational Rights: 1940-60

Stolen Education Documentary

April 5 (online)

Fight for Educational Rights: Chicano Movement

Chicano! Taking Back the Schools Documentary

April 12 (class)

Fight for Educational Rights: Chicano Movement

Echeverria, Aztlan Arizona: Mexican American Educational Empowerment, 1968-1978

April 9 (online)

Fight for Educational Rights: Chicano Movement

“Educational Experiences of Mexican Americans”-Hurstfield

April26 (class)

Fight for Educational Rights: Chicano Movement

“Chicano Librarianship”-Martinez; “Grassroot Leadership”-Bernal; “Hispanic Women in Higher Education”-Escobedo

May 3 (class)

Fight for Educational Rights: Chicano Movement

“Rodriguez Case”-Sracic; “Anti-Immigration Legislation, Social Justice & Right to Equal Education”-Petronicolos & New; “Impact of Brown on Multicultural Education of Hispanic Americans”-Contreras

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