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Old 10-20-2009, 01:08 PM
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Default School 'conversation' on dual language

This is from an Austin, Tx newspaper and I'm posting it here, not necessarily for the article itself, but for opinion of Texas Two Stepper who gives the second comment. It sums up what most people know to be true.

Superintendent to host “conversation” on dual language

By Laura Heinauer | Tuesday, October 20, 2009, 01:02 PM
Austin Superintendent Meria Carstarphen will host a community conversation about dual language tonight.
District officials said the meeting is being held for people who want to learn more about dual language — one of several topics for which the superintendent has received numerous requests for meetings since she has taken office.
The discussion will take place at O. Henry Middle School, 2610 West 10th Street, from 6 to 8 p.m.
Other community conversations are scheduled on student health and special education issues. The conversation on student health issues will take place Wednesday at 4:30 in the Seton Hospitals Administrative Office, 1345 Philomena St., and her meeting on special education is scheduled for Wednesday Nov. 18 at Rosedale School, 2117 W. 49th St.
“I want to bring together people of like interests, who have offered to help AISD, so that together, we can talk about an issue that the district needs to address, and so that we can coalesce resources around a common purpose, especially where we have a gap in need,” Carstarphen said in a statement.
The superintendent will also hold a meeting next Tuesday, Oct. 27 with a task force working on the district’s new strategic plan, which district officials said is supposed to go to the school board for approval in December.

By Hmm
October 20, 2009 1:48 PM |
Uhm. What language will this “conversation” be in?

By Texas Two Stepper
October 20, 2009 2:59 PM |
A recent observation: met a family, the father and mother are from Country A, and speak limited English with heavy accents. Their 8-year old son began school not speaking English, attends public school in Austin and now speaks fluent English with no accent. There are no special classes in Country A’s language, no signs, no ballots, no translators at hospitals or in public offices, no nothing. Painting with a broad brush, first generation citizens from Country A are OVER represented in proportion to their percentage in the population in professions such as doctor, engineer, accountant, business owner. At the other end of the spectrum, there are families from Country B, whose members have been here for generations, who do not speak English, whose children go to school not speaking English and leave school not speaking fluent English with no accent. Country B’s language is found extensively throughout the school system and appears to be the cornerstone of ‘bilingual education’ or ‘dual language’ or whatever today’s crutch phrase is. Immigrants from Country B are UNDER represented in proportion to their percentage in the population in professions such as doctor, engineer, accountant, business owner.
Draw your own conclusions…
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Old 10-20-2009, 08:05 PM
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Spot on.
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