ERIC Number: ED206786
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1979
Reference Count: 0
Desegregation of Hispanics and its Implications: A Critical Issue for the 1980s.
School desegregation can no longer continue to be an exclusive black and white issue. With demographers predicting that Hispanics will be the largest minority in the U.S. at the turn of the century, educators are facing the difficult challenge of integrating this minority into the mainstream of American education. Despite a quarter century of public school desegregation, Hispanic children are not only more likely to attend predominantly minority schools than blacks, but their language is often used to further segregate them in "special" classrooms. The court ruling, Lau v. Nichols, and its consequences have placed a high priority on the learning of English for national origin students. But national origin desegregation ought to be a broader issue than compensatory language instruction, although bilingual education may be a necessary part of it. Bilingual education needs to be implemented in a truly bilingual/bicultural ambiance involving both black and white students to avoid the continued isolation of Hispanic bilingual students. Therefore both desegregation programs and bilingual programs need to cooperate in order to insure equal educational opportunity for all students. (Author/APM)
Descriptors: Bilingual Education, Compensatory Education, Elementary Secondary Education, Hispanic Americans, Multicultural Education, Racial Relations, School Desegregation
Diego Castellanos, New Jersey Department of Education, 225 West State Street, Trenton, NJ 08625 (no charge).
Publication Type: Opinion Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Bilingual Education Act 1968; Lau v Nichols
Note: Paper commissioned by the National Project and Task Force on Desegregation Strategies.