ERIC Number: ED104615
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1973-Nov-20
Reference Count: N/A
The Politics of Bilingual Education: A Study of Four Southwest Texas Communities. Final Report.
Hardgrave, Robert L., Jr.
Focusing on the experience of the Southwest Texas communities of Laredo, Del Rio, Crystal City, and Sonora, the politics of bilingual education were examined. Emphasis was on school-community relations and community response to bilingual education. Using an informal approach, the study sought to sharpen an understanding of the problems likely to be encountered by school administrators as they seek to formulate and implement a bilingual education program. Extensive use was made of published sources, especially newspaper articles. The various applications, reports, and materials relating to the development and implementation of bilingual education programs were examined. Several visits were made to each school district for non-structured interviews with school board members, administrators, teachers, and community members. It was found that the greatest threat posed to bilingual education was misunderstanding and fear on the part of both the Mexican American and Anglo communities. Bilingual education, if it is to be successfully implemented, depends not only on the development of a bilingual-bicultural school curriculum, but on educating the community on what bilingual education is and what it can offer the Mexican American and Anglo children. (Author/NQ)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: National Inst. of Education (DHEW), Washington, DC. Office of Research Grants.
Identifiers - Location: Texas; Texas (Laredo)