The Perceptions of Successful and Unsuccessful Mexican American Students on the Public School System

As our classrooms continue to diversify and our Latino population continues to increase educators need to understand how to better serve each student. This study enables several Mexican American middle school students to voice their thoughts and feelings regarding their education, teachers, as well as the public educational school system. The participants share their motivators to remain in school, as well as any discouragements within the classroom. In addition, the participants share their views and perceptions on their culture, success, and education. The study also sheds light on the influences and the power of authority educators have in their classrooms. In this respect, teachers need to examine their own beliefs, values, and themselves in order for their pedagogy to ultimately encompass the universe.