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Mexican Americans are also known as Chicanos Xicanos Mexicanos La Raza and Mex-Americans While the term Chicano has gone in and out of fashion since the late 1940s it is still the preferred identification for many Mexican Americans The term Mexican American on the other hand is commonly used in government documents by the mainstream media and by Mexican Americans in interactions with other ethnic groups Mexican Americans are a multiracial people joined together by a shared history and culture Due to Mexicos long history of interracial marriages Mexican Americans have a variety of skin colors The Mexican American population includes whites Native Americans mestizos people of mixed Native American and European descent and mulattoes people of mixed African and European ancestry Hispanic students have not been served well by the educational system Many students read two or more grade levels below grade placement and comparatively few score at advanced levels on standardized tests The low educational of many Mexican American families has been viewed as an influential determinant of student academic failure Mexican-American students who come from economically poor families are more likely to be delayed in school or to leave school prematurely than those from more economically stable families Additionally many Mexican American families rely on their children to serve as interpreters of a new language and culture Mexican American children often learn English more quickly or are more familiar with the new cultural environment they are needed to interpret or translate for their parents As children become increasingly involved in the financial legal and social worries and concerns of the family the traditional parent-child-relationship changes sometimes leading to interfamilial and role conflicts Mexican Americans are the largest undereducated group in the United States with only 37 of women and 61 of men graduating from college Factors external to the ethnic group that underlie this relatively low educational achievement include feelings of isolation in college language barriers negative faculty expectations negative campus
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