ERIC Number: ED025771
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1968
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Whose American Dream Is It?
Wilson, Jacques M.P.
The Florida FL Reporter, v6 n2 Fall 1968
The author takes issue with an unnamed supervisory educator who opposes bilingual education. Wilson points out that to avoid wasting human resources it is essential that better education be provided for Mexican-Americans in order to cut down the repeating of grades and dropping out by students whose "home language" is not English. Instruction in English as a foreign language is not sufficient. English as the only language of instruction in the first grade is not satisfactory. Balanced bilingual education, using the home language as the medium of instruction in the early grades, achieves normal literacy in two languages and offers superior academic accomplishments. It can improve the social and psychological acculturation of Mexican-American children and help develop non-English language resources valuable to the U.S. Title VII of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act now provides the opportunity for bilingual education and the author urges that we "not deny the Mexican-American his share of the great American dream." (MK)
Descriptors: Acculturation, Bilingual Education, Bilingual Students, Bilingualism, Cultural Isolation, Elementary Education, English (Second Language), Literacy, Mexican Americans, Socioeconomic Status, Sociolinguistics, Spanish, Spanish Speaking
The Florida FL Reporter, 801 NE 177th St., North Miami Beach Fla. 33162 ($0.25).
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Identifiers: Bilingual Education Act 1968; Elementary Secondary Education Act Title VII