ERIC Number: ED196992
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1976
The Process of School Desegregation: What Impact Does It Have on Bilingual Education? Conflict or Commitment?
Can providing special programs for the linguistically different student conflict with the purpose or goal of school desegregation? The purpose of desegregation is to provide equal educational opportunity for all students. An essential part of desegregation is the physical restructuring of school districts, i.e., a physical rearrangement of groups of children that have not previously attended school together. When districts begin this rearrangement, however, they realize that simply putting children side by side is not enough, and that changes in the areas of curriculum, teacher training, and cost effectiveness are also necessary if truly equal opportunity is to be provided to all students. The 1974 Supreme Court mandate to provide educational opportunity for language minority children has engendered philosophical and political debate concerning various interpretations of bilingual education. Disagreements often stem from seeming conflicts between the national language imperative and the language loyalties of individual groups. Educators must balance or resolve these conflicting viewpoints. If schools are not permitted to continue their bilingual programs on the grounds that they do not fit the definition of desegregation, they are both ignoring the linguistically different student and missing the concept of equal educational opportunity. (Author/GC)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A