ERIC Number: ED314542
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1989
Reference Count: N/A
Educating the Newest Americans: Report of the Task Force on New Immigrants and American Education.
American Jewish Committee, New York, NY.; Columbia Univ., New York, NY. Inst. for Urban and Minority Education.
American education will be challenged over the next decades by a flow of increasingly diverse immigrants from all over the world and a workplace that will require a technologically sophisticated labor force. The response of the educational system to the new immigrants will have important consequences for society. Current immigrants do not have the same opportunity as their predecessors, during the great period of immigration from 1880 to 1920, to establish themselves by means of unskilled or semiskilled labor. Further, as American society becomes more culturally pluralistic, greater knowledge of people of other backgrounds becomes increasingly necessary for social adaptation. The following assumptions must form the basis for improving education for immigrants: (1) immigrant children are an asset to the schools and the country; (2) schools must develop closer ties to immigrant parents and community groups; (3) adult education is critical for immigrants and must be considered along with the needs of younger students; (4) ethnically sensitive training for all members of the educational system is critical; and (5) at the same time that schools respond to immigrants, they must strive to improve educational opportunities for blacks and other minorities, remain sensitive to the needs of all students, and enhance general educational performance. The comments of five members of the American Jewish Committee Task Force on New Immigrants and American Education and a list of the Task Force's members are appended. (FMW)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Sanford C. Bernstein and Co. Foundation, Inc.
Authoring Institution: American Jewish Committee, New York, NY.; Columbia Univ., New York, NY. Inst. for Urban and Minority Education.