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In his monograph on the Navajo Indians, published in 1948, a point was made in the foreword that the statements made by Sanchez exaggerate the problems of Navajos and therefore do not reflect the opinion of the United States Indian Service. In the last years of his life, he continued to carry on his numerous activities although his health was poor and he experienced constant and severe physical pain. Thus, given the conditions under which he worked, his accomplishments appear even more remarkable.

I guess that they would do poorly, not because they are stupid, but because they have been learning things not represented in the SAT. Ironically, the leaders of the political and business establishment of Sacramento have now joined the minority students and the school dropouts through a natural process of cultural drift. Consider that (1) human language and values are in a constant state of flux and that (2) whenever a human group is separated from the mainstream culture by geographical, biological, or cultural barriers, the outside group will develop different words, grammars, concepts, incentives, and values as a func­ tion of its degree of isolation.

Sanchez, 1974b, p. 58) About a year before he died, Sanchez participated in a symposium on Mexican-Americans and educational change. He summarized his views in this way: While I have championed the cause of educational change for American children of Mexican descent for more than 45 years, and while I have seen some changes and improvements in this long-standing dismal picture, I cannot, in conscience or as a professional educator, take any satisfaction in those developments. The pic­ ture is a shameful and an embarrassing one.

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