The subordination, suppression, and silencing of bilingual students' voices and their communities by their educational system came under scrutiny at the end of the twentieth century. This book provides a forum for students' voices by examining some of the factors that promote the silencing of voice in Lati/a high school students thus submersing them in the culture of silence. Its significance rests on the ability to draw out, explore, and document how Lati/a students perceive their cultural and linguistic reality; the presentation of curricular and methodological approaches and alternatives to promote the emergence and legitimatization of students' voices; and its insight into and revelation of the ways shared teacher/student experiences, languages, and cultures can shape and impact both classroom relations and the emergence of voice.
The Author: Rosario Diaz-Greenberg is Associate Professor of Education at California State University, San Marcos. She received her Ed.D. in international multicultural education from the University of San Francisco, where she was a Title VII Fellow. In addition to numerous articles in professional journals, she has written many papers that have been presented at the national and international level.