Orgullo Herido --
one thing every single solitary gabacho who's ever visitedme has commented on....INVARIABLY...is how they wish their dismissive racist friends could have the pleasure of visiting Mexico. Where the 119,888,000 people who WEREN'T beheaded live like in any other developed country, talking on droids, watching 999 cable stations, driving late model cars on fantastic new roads, being lawyers and doctors and professors and students and clerks and architects and cooks. They'd see the cleanest citieson Earth (actually Queretaro won the 2011 UNESCO award for being just that), most of them MUCH safer than Cincinnati or Buffalo or St.Louis or Lubbock or Atlanta or Chicago. Fantastic food, incredibly inviting people, perfect weather, great music, dancing tha's only exceeded in Habana, someof the world's great architecture -- both colonial and pre-Colombian, jaw-dropping museums and cathedrals, and it'sall pretty cheap.
So bring the nietos and nietas down to the Bajio over Spring Break. See Queretaro and Guanajuato and Morelia and Zacatecas and Puebla and San Luis Potosi. Heck, you can hit seven or eight UNESCO World Heritage sites in a week's vacation, no more than 60-175 minutes between each, as good a motor tour as Tuscany or Andalucia or the Rhineland.
You want them to take pride in their heritage, show them it in living color!
For New Mexican:
By whom are your kids harassed and teased? The gabachos? Negritos? or are they coconuts/pochos in the eyes of the other hispanic kids and teased by them accordingly caus they dont say guey and cabron every 5 seconds?
In answering question #1 so richly, you also inadverdently answered question #2. The annual holiday sojourn to the rancho probably has a corresponding negative effect on education. Whats sad is that those with papeles and the ability to travel back and forth to Mexico put themselves behind the 8 ball education wise by taking off nearly a month sometimes.