Tuesday, March 15, 2011

Farmworker children and educational disparities

A recent article in the New York Times provides a glimpse of the challenges Salinas Valley farm worker children face when it comes to their education and dealing with poverty and the family's mobility. The article focuses on Mr. Ramos, a teacher that has several farm worker children in his classroom at Sherwood Elementary. As a child, Mr. Ramos was a farm worker himself, giving him a unique understanding of the obstacles his students face. Even with such obstacles, the principal of Sherwood, Ms. Terri Dye says that the key to working with this population "was to understand where these students come from but also having high expectations".

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