ERIC Number: ED257739
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1984-Nov-19
Reference Count: 0
Teaching about Federal Public Policy and Minorities. "Bilingual Education" (Draft).
Laughlin, Margaret A.
This course description is designed to help teachers integrate a section dealing with bilingual education into secondary social studies classes. After instruction, students examine current bilingual educational policies and practices in the United States, judge the effectiveness of these policies and practices in meeting the educational needs of the targeted population, suggest possible modifications of existing policies and practices, and recognize the need to respect and value cultural and linguistic diversity. Students begin the course by discussing their knowledge of these issues. Depending on the level of knowledge shown, teachers may have to provide background beyond that contained in the first handout, "Historical Background for Bilingual Education." The use of outside speakers is suggested to proivde further information. Possible student projects include questioning adults in the community or those directly involved in bilingual education about their attitudes and experience. Students can read about court cases in the second handout. After additional discussion, students are asked to consider a particular case and their own values and opinions regarding bilingual education. Sources for additional information are included, as well as appendices dealing with the analysis of economic and political issues and an outline of forces working for and against bilingual education. (IS)
Descriptors: Bilingual Education, Controversial Issues (Course Content), Course Descriptions, Court Litigation, Educational Policy, Federal Government, Federal Programs, Learning Activities, Lesson Plans, Minority Groups, Public Policy, Secondary Education, Social Studies, Student Attitudes, Student Projects
Publication Type: Guides - Classroom - Teacher; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Teachers; Practitioners
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the National Council for the Social Studies (64th, Washington, DC, November 15-19, 1984).