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ERIC Number: EJ795105
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2006
Pages: 14
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 43
ISSN: ISSN-1528-3534
A Post-Monolingual Education
Soto, Lourdes Diaz; Kharem, Haroon
International Journal of Educational Policy, Research, and Practice: Reconceptualizing Childhood Studies, v7 n1 p21-34 2006
In this article, the authors draw attention to the need for ethnolinguistic democracy at a time when linguistic and cultural issues are significantly impacting how schools, educators, students, and curriculum are perceived. The authors delineate the manifold acts of imperialism associated with the colonizing of young minds and bodies as culture and history are erased and then replaced with the dominant Western ideas of what universal knowledge should be. The drive to Americanize serves a narrow, specific purpose, allowing the colonizer to commit linguistic terrorism while forcing the colonized to masquerade in order to "make it" in American society. This type of domination of culture and language continues to perpetuate a social order where people of color are pushed further into the margins. In a post 9/11 U.S., the argument for a mono-lingual/mono-cultural education is touted as necessary for economic success as well as unification (and safety). This power struggle has nothing to do with economics, but rather continued power/control by the colonizer. The authors stress that there is a need to advocate for the maintenance of home language and culture so that all individuals will experience academic success and, more importantly, to foster identity allowing all to be truly democratic participants in communities striving for solidarity as well as the common good. The authors argue that in a post monolingual society, educational rights begin with linguistic rights. Children have the linguistic human right to learn their home language and it is in the best interest of all at a national/international level to be multilingual. Finally, the authors stress that critical education must value multilingualism in order to be truly democratic, decolonizing, and liberating.
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