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ERIC Number: EJ1076564
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2015
Pages: 6
Abstractor: ERIC
ISSN: ISSN-0148-432X
Bilingual Education: Reviving an American Tradition
Goldenberg, Claude; Wagner, Kirstin
American Educator, v39 n3 p28-32, 44 Fall 2015
In the United States, bilingual education continues to provoke fierce debate. It seems that nearly everyone--from educators to policymakers to parents with school-age children to those without children--has a strong opinion on whether children with little fluency in English should be taught academic content in their home language as they learn English. This article provides an overview of the history of bilingual education in America's educational landscape, discusses political support for and challenges to bilingual education, and reviews research that states that instruction in a student's home language can improve achievement in English (or whatever the national language may be). It is time to move the discussion away from bilingual education and focus instead on bilingualism and its benefits for all of our children and the adults they will become.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
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Language: English
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