ERIC Number: ED231223
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1983-Apr-12
The Future Past: The Social Context of Franco-American Schooling in New England.
Jacobson, Phyllis L.
Franco-Americans constitute the fourth largest language minority group in the United States, with over two million Franco-Americans residing in the greater New England area. Largely due to lack of available information, teachers and administrators have often proceeded under the erroneous assumptions that Franco language and cultural patterns are essentially similar to mainland French language and culture. Consequently, to a large extent the educational and social needs of Franco children have not been met by the public school systems. In many cases, such treatment was due to ignorance of the Franco sociocultural context, but in other instances it was a result of discrimination and ridicule. On the other hand, examples of school systems where Franco children have benefited from bilingual education programs are also documented. This study also documents the extent of the preservation of French culture in New England. The pull between the maintenance of Franco traditional culture and values and the political realities of American life is felt perhaps most keenly by those of college age. Examples are given of attempts by sociopolitical organizations and action by Franco student groups at the university level and by a small cadre of Franco educators. (AMH)
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