Author Archives: luci

About luci

I'm a retired teacher and long time friend of Jose.

Honoring academic student success and community building

Nopal Award Recipient
Dr. Jose Zapata Calderon,
Emeritus Professor of Sociology and Chicano Studies, Pomona Pitzer

Tuna de Nopal recipient
Roxanne Mendez, ‘04
Executive Director, The Riordan Programs
UCLA Anderson School of Management

Thursday, April 11, 2013
Kellogg West Conference Room, 6:00 P.M.
Cal Poly Pomona
RSVP by April 8th by calling (909) 869-2963 or
Visit or
Email — with Roxanne Mendez and Jose Z. Calderon.

Hilda Solis Scholarship Dinner Reception

Education that Advances Democracy

With the growth of a global economy, there is the need for a type of educational system that promotes civic engagement as a means of building new models toward a democratic society.

There is a trend emerging in our present educational system that wants to take us back to the days of reproducing individuals to fit a more authoritarian philosophy. This trend seeks to promote a managerial “banking” system where the power of disseminating knowledge is being transferred to the needs of the business and political establishments. This shift fits into the early 20th century industrial model of schools where students were socialized in assembly-like rows to be taught the status quo and not to be heard from. Continue reading