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ERIC Number: EJ815012
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2007-Mar
Pages: 5
Abstractor: ERIC
ISSN: ISSN-1931-3152
It's Time to Get Another Horse
Gonzalez, Josue
International Multilingual Research Journal, v1 n1 p39-43 Mar 2007
In this article, the author comments on Peter Roos's article (this issue). The author sees a strong need to clarify whether the horse that is to be remounted is more and better English-as-a-second-language (ESL) programs or the goal of promoting bilingual education as a positive practice in the nation's schools or something else altogether. If the goal is "true" bilingual education over transitional subtractive approaches, any proposal for grants to schools, standing alone, is not viable in today's political climate. If, on the other hand, the goal is to improve programs of ESL in a massive way, there is little doubt that more money would help, particularly in retooling the skills of teachers. The author's conclusion is that neither new lawsuits nor a grant program is what is most needed today to advance the cause of language-minority groups in public education. The horse that one must seek to remount is the noble steed of democracy supported by widespread community education. What is desperately needed today is to prepare parents and families to play out their part of the bargain by becoming more active participants in the education of their children and by making schools more responsive to the needs and priorities of particular communities. (Contains 1 footnote.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Opinion Papers
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Language: English
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