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ERIC Number: EJ772769
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2006
Pages: 6
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: N/A
ISSN: ISSN-1066-2847
Escuela de la Frontera (Border School)
Kilman, Carrie
Teaching Tolerance, n29 p28-33 Spr 2006
This article features Lourdes Catholic School, a small Catholic school where students grapple with life and learning in the shadow of two nations. The school, which is governed by the Minim Daughters of Mary Immaculate, is located in Nogales, a desert mountain town straddling the line that separates Arizona from the Mexican state of Sonora. Though Lourdes' address is in Arizona, 60% of its students live in Mexico. To fit the customs and languages of two countries into one school, Lourdes has adopted the spirit and method of biculturalism. It helps teachers address the unique circumstances of teaching in a place where two cultures blend to the point of almost becoming one. Beginning in 1st grade, classes are taught in English, though Spanish remains a required subject, just like math or history. All day, students and some teachers speak in streams of half-English, half-Spanish. Unfortunately, U.S. Government policies are making it progressively more difficult for Mexican families to send their children to school at Lourdes.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Arizona; Mexico