The Societal Context of Bilingual Education

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Abstract

Bilingual education is a term that draws strong reactions from those inside and outside the educational system. Here I examine social factors that contribute to the tensions surrounding this debate. The most dramatic conflict can be seen in the contemporary English-only movement and the countervailing English-Plus coalition. Despite the public arguments presented by English-only proponents and shrinking federal and state resources to support bilingual education programs, there has been a growing acceptance of the potential benefits of bilingual services among educational practitioners and researchers. Consequently, conflicting views will continue to characterize public discussion of bilingual education.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)7-24
Number of pages18
JournalEducational Researcher
Volume21
Issue number2
DOIs
StatePublished - 1992

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