Last spring, 9-year-old Derrick Fields sat in his social studies classroom at Sherman Elementary School, learning about the creation of the telegraph. This critically important ruling and the radical change of direction in California’s education policy for limited-English children will have a prfound effect on other states’ programs and, possibly, on legislative actions. The district currently has four pathway programs” to teach English learners, bilingual students and English-speaking students from pre-K to 12th grade. Advocates of bilingual education support the restructuring changes, but, in addition, want individuals involved in the restructuring process to understand and support the goals of bilingual education. The Edvocate was created in 2014 to argue for shifts in education policy and organization in order to enhance the quality of education and the opportunities for learning afforded to P-20 students in America. Dr. Lynch’s articles and op eds appear regularly in the Huffington Post, Diverse: Issues in Higher Education, and Education Week. But the public school system in California has not caught up with such findings.
The Bilingual Education program is currently under review and no new students will be admitted to this program in academic year 2016-2017. In 1850, the year California became a state, 18 percent of all education was private and Roman Catholic. As World War I began, the language restrictionist movement gained momentum, and schools were given the responsibility of replacing immigrant languages and cultures with those of the United States. A Theoretical Framework for the Study of the Effects of Bilingualism on Mathematics Teaching and Learning.” Paper presented at the Fifth International Congress On Mathematical Education.
The faculty in the Department of Teacher and Bilingual Education is united in our vision that we will become the program of choice for individuals wishing to pursue a career in education in South Texas. Beginning gradually and very quietly in the 1980s and gaining momentum in the 1990s, the opposition to native language teaching programs is now publicly visible.
It will depend, in our opinion, on the national revival of education as we know it. The Edvocate plans to be one of key architects of this revival, as it continues to advocate for education reform, equity, and innovation. Native programs often suffer a lack of state support in terms of funding or encouragement due in large part to the strong preference towards a melting-pot society. Furthermore, when tested in their native language, these bilingual education students typically score at or above grade level in all subject areas. Large school districts such as New York and Los Angeles long have maintained a staff of psychologists, speech therapists, social workers, and other specialists with bilingual capabilities. Foundations of the Theory of Signs.” International Encyclopedia of United Science 1, 2: 78-137. Still, a shortage of bilingual teachers continued to plague the field into the twenty-first century.
Teachers with a BES certification are in high need, as the proportion of bilingual students and English learners in Denver Public Schools (DPS) and across the region grows. All coursework for the Bilingual Education programs is offered at a 29% discounted rate through 2018 to promote the growth of bilingual education practitioners and experts.