ERIC Number: ED115107
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1975
Pluralism and Potpourri: Asian Ain'ts. CATESOL Occasional Papers, No. 2.
Lum, John B.
Many of the deficiencies of bilingual/bicultural programs at present are due to short-sightedness as to the real scope of bilingual/bicultural education. This article expands the scope of some of the current theory and points out reasons for the inefficacy of some bilingual/bicultural programs and suggests methods whereby programs could be improved. The article is organized into the following sections: (1) the international scope of the problem and some background; (2) statistics of civil service exam failure rates, indicating which ethnic groups are the most culturally disadvantaged; (3) a discussion of Asian-American linguistic and social voicelessness, because of their traditionally quiet character and their lack of knowledge of English and of American social skills; (4) typical bilingual/bicultural programs and their inadequacies; (5) children's textbooks from China as good models to use in the education of Asians; (6) some orientation techniques for sensitizing persons involved in cross-cultural education; and (7) some cross-cultural curricular concepts for Asians in America. The overall suggestion is that bilingual/bicultural programs should be more pluralistic in every way. (TL)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: California Association of Teachers of English to Speakers of Other Languages.
Note: Based on an address given at the Bilingual Educator's Meeting (Pasadena, California, February 28, 1974)