Recently, educators in San Diego have had the 1988 movie on their minds. But continuing to show the film and trump its lessons confirms students’ worst fears: that their teachers think less of them and define them by the struggles they face.
Author and education expert Ruby Takanishi joins the show to talk about a recent report by the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine that examined the most effective ways to educate English-learners.
San Diego sits at a binational crossroads, perfectly positioned to provide bilingual job candidates in a variety of fields. But local employers still struggle to find qualified bilingual candidates. Employers, language experts and teachers point to one root cause for the disconnect: a public education system that has restricted bilingual education for the past 18 years.
For 18 years, state law in California restricted bilingual education and taught students like me that knowing two languages was a disadvantage. In November, those restrictions were lifted. Now, as school districts across the state grapple with whether to expand bilingual education, they have the chance to show students they don’t have to give up their identity and native language to find success.
Now that voters passed Proposition 58, school districts and principals across the state are trying to figure out whether to grow bilingual education programs – and if so, how. We talked with three experts about what should happen next.
Voice of San Diego has launched a new reporting project we’re calling Storyboard, an effort to convene people with a stake in bilingual education and examine the most pressing questions facing English-learners.
No one should be forced into bilingual education at the cost of their educational success so that we can ensure the existence of union jobs.
Patricia Gándara, co-director of the Civil Rights Project at UCLA, rejects the framing offered by those who oppose Prop. 58, a statewide ballot measure that would make it easier to open bilingual education programs. High graduation rates and learning multiple languages are not mutually exclusive, she says.
The Learning Curve is a weekly column that answers questions about schools using plain language. Have a question about how your local schools work? Write me at Mario.Koran@voiceofsandiego.org. ♦♦♦ This November, voters will have a chance to shape the future of bilingual education in California – again. Tucked among the 17 state ballot initiatives voters will […]
Bilingual students may be San Diego’s greatest natural resource. More than one in five students in San Diego County speaks another language at home. This group, 80 percent of them native Spanish speakers, will soon be the base of the local workforce. At a time when a growing number of employers is looking for bilingual professionals, […]