ERIC Number: ED357617
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1993
Reference Count: N/A
School Readiness and Language Minority Students: Implications of the First National Education Goal. Focus Occasional Papers in Bilingual Education 7.
Prince, Cynthia D.; Lawrence, Leslie A.
The first National Education Goal states that all children in America will start school ready to learn. This report examines what it means to be ready to learn and what this goal means for language minority children. It is noted that language minority children will form an increasingly greater proportion of the school population, that they are more likely to be at risk on measures of health care and access to preschool programs, and that "ready to learn" implies knowledge of English. Progress made by the National Education Goals Panel and its advisors in defining and measuring school readiness is summarized, and suggestions are offered for how parents and teachers can help language minority children get ready for school. Six immediate steps to address the needs of young language minority students are recommended covering the following areas: improved access to health care for poor and minority children; preschool admissions policies related to English proficiency level; increased numbers of bilingual preschool teachers; access for language minority parents to parental training and support; involvement of the language minority community on the National Education Goals Panel; and respect for the language of the home. Contains 36 references. (LB)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Office of Bilingual Education and Minority Languages Affairs (ED), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: National Clearinghouse for Bilingual Education, Washington, DC.