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ERIC Number: ED158905
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1976-Aug
Pages: 24
Abstractor: N/A
Reference Count: 0
The "Little School of the 400".
Quintanilla, Guadalupe
Although some efforts were made since the early 1800s to deal with the education of ethnic minorities, it was not until 1957 that an educational program had an impact on the public school system in Texas. In 1957 the "Little School of the 400" was developed to fulfill the educational needs of Spanish dominant children in Texas. Purpose of the program was to teach 400 basic English words to Spanish dominant children to help them to cope effectively with instruction given in English in the regular public educational system. It also aimed to recognize and reinforce the child's cultural heritage, develop his self-confidence, and encourage parental participation in the educational process. The classes started with one school at Ganado, Texas, and by 1959 there were 13 schools. Some of the schools held summer classes only, others continued throughout the year; but, all had successful children as products. In 1959 the program's success was used as evidence by its supporters to encourage state legislators and educators to endorse the "Little Schools". As a result, House Bill No. 51 emerged. This bill called for the implementation in 1960 of the Preschool Instructional Program for Non-English Speaking Children in Texas. Many of the instructional principles of the "Little Schools" permeated in the program. The educational premises of the "Little School of the 400" also permeated in such programs as the Bilingual Education Program, Head Start, Texas Child Migrant Program, and Title I of the 1965 Elementary and Secondary Act. (NQ)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Little School of the 400; Texas