ERIC Number: ED075106
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1970-Jan
A Bilingual Approach: Education for Understanding. Leadership Report.
Southwest Intergroup Relations Council, Inc., Austin, TX.
The story of the bilingual education program in the United Consolidated School District (UCSD) of Webb County, Texas, began with testimony given by witnesses at the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights' San Antonio hearing (December 9-14, 1968). This testimony dealt with the devasting effect of common educational practices upon Mexican American children in the Southwest. The last witness, however, was the UCSD superintendent who described his district's bilingual program, its conception, and the results. The program was designed: (1) to enable the Spanish speaking child to progress normally by instruction in his native tongue while, at the same time, teaching him the English language; (2) to take advantage of his knowledge of Spanish language and culture to broaden the education of all of the children, including Anglos; and (3) to create an atmosphere in the classroom conducive to more wholesome self-concepts and relationships among the students. Included were examples of the leadership exhibited by this district and suggestions for other districts attempting bilingual education programs, soliciting support from the community and beginning the program although conditions may not be ideal. (HBC)
Descriptors: Anglo Americans, Bilingual Education, Cultural Interrelationships, Demonstration Programs, Intergroup Education, Leadership Qualities, Mexican Americans, Student Needs
Southwest Intergroup Relations Council, Inc., 1503 Guadalupe, Suite 206, Austin, Texas 78701 ($0.20, bulk rates on request)
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Authoring Institution: Southwest Intergroup Relations Council, Inc., Austin, TX.