ERIC Number: ED212172
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1981-Jan
The Influence of Educational Policy on Language Issues.
Castro, Raymond E.
This paper examines three policy areas -- foreign language and international studies, bilingual education, and Indian education. The intention is to clarify and critically analyze the influence of educational policy on language issues. If both foreign language/international studies and bilingual education were incorporated into a larger language planning effort based on a realistic assessment of the future, both could be evaluated against one criterion -- the ability of Americans to survive amidst rapidly changing world affairs. Recommendations include: (1) Congress and the Department of Education should identify those aspects of current educational policy relating to national language issues; (2) the Department of Education should incorporate bilingual education project aimed at preparing Americans for survival in international affairs; (3) a Congressional language planning body should be developed to promote a national language planning project; (4) the Department of Education should establish the mechanism to develop regional variations based on local needs and the distribution of specific linguistic communities; and (5) the body should recognize the contractual relationship existing between the federal government and Indian tribes, Alaskan natives, and the people of Puerto Rico and Guam, and provide assistance when appropriate. (JK)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: National Inst. of Education (ED), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Creative Services, Forestville, CA.
Identifiers - Location: Guam; Puerto Rico