Sunday, February 19, 2006

Controversy with bilingual education

J/ Choose the "controversy" you will be working with all semester. Write a one page, in-depth, detailed description of your controversy AND describe the characteristics of the community that you are examining your controversy as part of. This should be a community to which you belong.

One community that I belong to is the teaching community. In order to be a part of this community one must go through at least four years of schooling and often times continue beyond this to recieve their masters or PhD in the area that they would like to specialize in. Besides schooling, one must also have a lot of patience, organization, and they must genuinely love their jobs and all of the children that they are helping. In many cases a child's teacher is their only role model and this is something that every teacher should have in the back of their minds. I think the house, when placed on "me street" would be a little red school house but when you entered it, it would be immaculate and children from all over would be allowed to come for free and be taught by all the teachers that are a part of the house and community.
In the teaching community there are many controversies. A few of them are the inadequate funding of the No Child Left Behing Act, leaving the schools unable to meet the standards needed, the struggle with special education programs and inclusion, and the controversy that I will be discussing, concerning bilingual education. The controversy with bilingual education is whether it is helping or hurting the children involved. The biggest problem is that the rules for who is allowed and isn't allowed in the program are not clear. Also, parents choices are not being respected when it comes to their children being put in the programs. The children are often left confused between two languages and many do not master either of them.
On the other hand, there are people who say that bilingual education is a life saver. They say that it takes a child away from an environment where they feel frustrated at trying to learn an entirely new langauge and lets them learn slowly. The people who defend bilingual education, however, are often people who have gotten very lucky with the system and were given experienced teachers and finely run programs. Bilingual education can help many students, it just has to be executed properly. In order for these programs to be effective, then, the teachers must be well trained and qualified and this is often hard to find which leads to more controversy within the area. Teachers may soon have to learn another language, primarily Spanish, in order to keep up with the standards that are being set.


Blogger P. Malesh said...

This is a HUGE topic...and I think you have much to learn about it (as indicated by your final comment). But, that indicates that you haven't yet developed a strong and informed opinion, which makes this topic a ripe one for investigation. However, I do think you may need to narrow your topic down some. At any rate, include not only educators in this discussion, but member of the latino-American population that have written on this topic. Also, you will want to examine the works of Richard Rodriguez and the controversy over the legislation passed in California several years ago. Try to find a particular component of this controversy, a smaller chunk, to really hone in on.

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