At the Tiki Tiki blog Carrie writes about her daughter bringing home a school worksheet that features children named Juan and Rosa. She writes, “Welcome to the New Millennium, where little kids with a little bit of “something else” in their veins can see themselves reflected.”
I grew up in the 70s and I can’t remember seeing Latinos in any of the school materials I was ever given. For that matter, I can’t remember reading any books or stories with Latino characters or learning any history that featured Latinos. Wait, there was Ponce de León and Hernán Cortés. That counts, I guess. While a superficial change, worksheets like the one Carrie discusses are a step (a small one!) towards multiculturally inclusive schooling and society.