“Puerto Rican Students in U. S. Schools” – Nieto
Puerto Ricans have been a part of America since the beginning of the 1800’s (Nieto, n.d), likewise other immigrants of the Asian region and the Native Americas. Since they have all been around for a while they are now natives of this land -- the United States.
For whatever reason’s Puerto Ricans migrated to the United States one of the underlining influence for the migration was the opening of the job market in America (Nieto). At the peak of the migration, Puerto Ricans were adopting to technological and professional development (Nieto, n. d). Their academic performances in schools were poor and the lack of literature development was blamed on the peoples background (Nieto). It seems that America was not willing to take into consideration the whopping change in environment that the people experienced.
For the most part the Asian immigrants were living in poor conditions just like their fellow Puerto Rican. There was a new shift where the focus was on technological development and improvement on skills by the Asian countries. This opens up a whole new realm of potential possibilities for the people who were now career oriented. The Asian immigrants were in favor of the developments but on the other hand wanted to maintain their identity. However the Puerto Ricans were more in favor of “accommodations” as opposed to “assimilation” (Nieto, n.d).
The Native Americans on the other hand were a set of people who believe in meeting one’s needs and not wants. So unlike the rest of Americans they were not in the forefront fore change and development. Therefore the Native Americans would not be opposed to education or career development. Instead they felt that connection and loyalty to their people’s way of life was more important than education. A good example is when a child who would normally attend school has to be taken out to fulfill the needs of the family—the child’s help may be required during a period of harvesting of crops so the child will miss school.
All three groups of people which I refer to as part of the group of the people of color hold their cultures and identities as important to their make-up, but the difference is the level in which they would adhere to the flow of development. The Asian American would be more intrigued with the emergence of technology and would dedicate more effort into education than the Puerto Ricans probably would.
For those Puerto Ricans who view their culture as very important and want to maintain it would find it less important to participate in a fast paced development. On the other hand of the three groups the Native Americans would be the least likely to place high importance on education because the culture of the people supports simplicity of lifestyle where they try to live in harmony with nature and with this development comes destruction of the environment (influence of human activities on an ecosystem). Hence the Native Americans would be unlikely to be involved with this type of progress.