Sacramento Bee columnist Marcos Breton is correct in saying on Feb 25, that low Latino voter turnout is a major issue. And, he is on target in saying the issues include poverty, lack of job opportunities, and in asking why young Latinos are “ so disconnected?”
Student political apathy and disconnectedness is significantly caused by Latino absence from the K-12 textbooks and curriculum.
Children and young adults need to see themselves in the curriculum. Students, have low levels of attachment to California and U.S. civics engagement in significant part because the government institution they encounter the most- the schools- ignore the students’ own history, cultures and experiences.
California state textbooks largely ignore the roles of Mexican Americans and Latinos in building this state.
Students need to learn civic engagement – it is not automatic. Students need to learn that they belong , that they are a part of the community and its history.
Then they will participate and vote.