“A Teacher’s View: Education in America” hard copy and e-book available at Amazon.com.
Quote's from the book
"Our current educational system is not validating the home language of the language minorities and our national security and economic system are suffering as a result."
“In California we have the largest number of bilingual and emerging bilingual students in the nation with over 2,879,695 school children. Of those 76% speak Spanish and 16% speak An Asian or Pacific Islander language. (Garcia 2009 chap 8, p187-177) Our state has been hit the hardest with xenophobia and because of this fear we have stagnated in improving the conditions and success for our bilingual learners in our California schools. In the past sixty years we have gone from innovators and leaders in Bilingual Education to falling to bottom of the educational success matrix's when compared to the other 49 states. With the largest concentration of emerging bilingual students in the nation we face some devastating consequences. “
" We have many existing teachers and new teachers who are not currently prepared to deal with the changing student demographics. Educational institutions must better prepare our professional educators with the cultural training and foundation to ensure that every student has access to the curriculum. The facts are that there are proven strategies to help our students succeed and those strategies must be implemented to take advantage of our diverse and powerful multicultural society. "
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