Tuesday, May 17, 2005

What about education for Spanish-speaking children?

There was a commentary in today's Chicago Sun-Times that talks about segregation going on in schools today--the kind that hurts Hispanic children who speak only one language--Spanish.

There are a lot children in schools today that don't know English. So what happens? They're thrown in classrooms and, since they don't understand what's being taught, they don't learn. They're lost, frustrated, and forgotten. This shouldn't be happening in schools today. A lot of parents don't know about "structured English immersion" programs that set out to integrate Hispanics and other immigrant children into classrooms with English-speaking kids as soon as possible. Why? So these kids don't fall behind.

This is probably one of the many reasons why only 52 percent of Hispanics graduate from high school.

And that's a shame.

Separate, unequal classes set bilingual education back
Chicago Sun-Times Commentary- May 17, 2005

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