ERIC Number: ED191293
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1979-Oct
The Ethnic Mother-Tongue-School in America: Assumptions, Findings, and Directory.
Fishman, Joshua A.; Markman, Barbara R.
Schools in the United States that have always conducted classes in an ethnic language were studied in an attempt to correct a long-standing oversight in the development of bilingual education theory. Chapters are devoted to the critical examination of five of the assumptions that have guided ethnic communities in institutionalizing ethnic-language education: (1) "Our language is responsible for our greatness and our authenticity," (2) "Since our language fosters our ethnicity it is morally and vitally necessary for us to maintain our language," (3) "Bilingualism and biculturalism are not only necessary but feasible societal arrangement for us in the USA," (4) "By means of planning and organization we can strengthen our language," and (5) "Our school can make a significant independent contribution to the maintenance of our language." A chapter is devoted to the tabulation and analysis of data on the distribution and dynamics of ethnic-language schools. Approximately half of the document is devoted to a state-by-state directory of ethnic community mother-tongue schools, arranged within each state by language and then by city. (JB)
Publication Type: Information Analyses; Reference Materials - Directories/Catalogs
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: National Inst. of Education (DHEW), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Yeshiva Univ., New York, NY. Ferkauf Graduate School of Humanities and Social Sciences.
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