Civil Rights and Dual Language Education

Microaggressions: Forever Alien in One’s Own Land

“How do they celebrate Three Kings’ Day in Mexico?” I once observed a teacher ask one of her Dual Language students.   The question seemed innocent enough.  She was trying to build sociocultural competence in her classroom by being inclusive of all her students as the upcoming holiday approached.  However, the student felt uncomfortable.  While his…

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Honoring Students From Collectivist Cultures

The Microaggression A former colleague of mine called me the other day to let me know how her supervisor had ridiculed her for still living with her parents in her late 20’s.  The supervisor talked about how when she had been younger, she couldn’t wait to become an adult and be able to leave her…

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What is Sociocultural Competence? How Does Identity Fit Into It?

Do you remember the three pillars of Dual Language Education? They are: High Academic Achievement Biliteracy and Bilingualism Sociocultural Competence Unfortunately, sociocultural competency is the most elusive of the three goals, partially because the definition is unclear to many and partially, because there are no standardized exams that can test this pillar. Yet, sociocultural competence…

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The Intersection of Race and Language in Bilingual Education

But unless we can recognize the intersection of race and language, recognize the underlying racism that causes opponents to fight against Dual Language Education, and call out the racism, we will never adequately address the issues that keep children with home languages other than English from having the opportunity to maintain their linguistic identities.

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