Two education professors at California State University San Marcos believe the delivery of education to young Mexican immigrants new to the border region may be damaged because of a lack of knowledge and understanding about differences between school systems in the two nations.
To continue a dialogue about this often-overlooked concern, professors Juan Necochea and Zulmara Cline have organized the third bi-national Border Pedagogy Conference to be held Saturday, October 11, 2003 on the campus of Cal State San Marcos. Themed “We All Share the Same Children,” the conference is expected to attract some 300 to 400 educators from Mexico and the U.S. for a series of discussions on issues in border education, such as language and equity, instructional practices and border influences on education. Conference organizers hope educators will leave the meeting with a better understanding of how educational systems on both sides of the border work.
Attendees will continue discussions that began at the first two border education conferences. Topics include language and equity, instructional practices, border influences, myths and stereotypes, educational systems and academic achievement for border students, among others. The conference runs from 8:30 a.m. to 4:15 p.m.
“Increasing trade under NAFTA continues to have implications for education,” said Necochea. “Education should have been included. People go back and forth across the border as well as goods.”
The conference will avoid expert presentations, Necochea said, preferring instead to allow participants to become the experts as themes emerge that are important to border teaching.
Cost of the conference is $25 per participant, which includes continental breakfast, lunch and materials.
The conference is a cooperative effort between California State University San Marcos and la Universidad Iberoamericana (UIA) of Tijuana, Baja California. The leader of each campus will attend and deliver brief comments to the meeting. An unexpected benefit of the conference has been discussions between educational leaders about future cooperation on educational programs, Necochea said.