Bridging the Distance between Culturally Diverse Families and Schools by Guadalupe Valdes

In reviewing this book it is evident that it is useful for all parents and especially those in the marginalized areas of the country and is willing to improve their children’s educational status. In support of this, the Valdes basis his focus on the issues of school personnel necessary for maintaining family life and improving their socialization. To the audience, the author expresses the effects of American culture on the Mexican families. Through this, the audience is able to recognize how culture shapes the perception and behavior of the individual. From this, the intended audience is able to recognize the reason why the Mexican children failed in school often mistaken for lack of family understanding according to Soto (2007). It is also associated with the difficulties faced when fighting to cope with the new life in America. Through this, the author intends the audience to realize the many obstacles that can face an immigrant in a new environment.
This book would also be useful to the American government and researchers in knowing how to solve the problems of an immigrant in the society. In this case, is teaching the immigrants the English language is one of the factors the country should consider. The book is also useful to the government in regard to the means of developing full and potential intellectuals of the society now and in future.
This book is also useful to other American parents whether poor or rich. This is because the book gives them ideas they can use the true view of what contributes to success and failure in family values. For instance, parents should value the teacher’s message to the children in order to participate in building the child’s intellect. The Mexican immigrant families in most cases did not care about these verbal messages from the teacher. This was because due to their ignorance they never perceived them as the legitimate way of communication.