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Location: New York City, United States

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José-Enrique Figueroa, an educator and a sociologist, was born in Ponce, Puerto Rico. In the 1960s he migrated with his family to New York City. He holds a Master of Science in School Administration and Supervision, a Master of Philosophy, and a Ph.D. in Sociology. His doctorate dissertation is an ethnographic study of Puerto Rican spiritism: Cultural Dynamic of Puerto Rican Spiritism: Class, Nationality, and Religion in a Brooklyn Ghetto, C.U.N.Y.1981. He wrote Survival on the Margin: A Documentary Study of the Underground Economy in a Puerto Rican Ghetto, New York: Vantage Press, 1989; an ethogrphic report These are our Children (1982), co-authored with Dr. William Kornblum. He has taught sociology courses, Puerto Rican and ethnic studies, and bilingual teaching theory courses at various colleges of the City University of New York and Boricua College.

His recent book, Reflections of a Hispanic Teacher: Resistance to class and racial oppression in the classroom (Floricanto Press/ Berkeley Press, December 2014), articulates a critical progressive perspective of American education dealing with the real issues in the classrom. These are reflections of a teacher based on a praxis of twenty-one years of teaching in the trenches of the South Bronx and in the City of Yonkers. The author shows how prevailing ideological rhetoric seeks solutions to the education system's problems within the confines of that system, thus lacking a critical view of the real source of the problem. Until the roots of inequality and injustice change, the educational system cannot be reformed.

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