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Why Bilingual Education Policy Is Needed: A Philosophical Response to the Critics

Why Bilingual Education Policy Is Needed: A Philosophical Response to the Critics Abstract What role does bilingual education policy have in the educational opportunity structure for heritage language (HL) students? In what ways might bilingual education enhance students' self-determination? In this article, I shall argue that the various criticisms against bilingual education policy are myopic and focused on nostalgic notions of Americanization and assimilation, which often cost heritage language students a secure sense of cultural identity, an expansive social context of choice, and consequently, their self-determination. When students have a secure sense of authenticity in their cultural identity, and a favorable social context within which to make important life choices, they then have the best chance of become self-determining. Thus, I examine how bilingual education policy should be justified based on the principle of self-determination. http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Bilingual Research Journal Taylor & Francis

Why Bilingual Education Policy Is Needed: A Philosophical Response to the Critics

Bilingual Research Journal , Volume 24 (4): 22 – Oct 1, 2000
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Taylor & Francis
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Copyright Taylor & Francis Group, LLC
ISSN
1523-5890
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1523-5882
DOI
10.1080/15235882.2000.10162771
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Abstract

Abstract What role does bilingual education policy have in the educational opportunity structure for heritage language (HL) students? In what ways might bilingual education enhance students' self-determination? In this article, I shall argue that the various criticisms against bilingual education policy are myopic and focused on nostalgic notions of Americanization and assimilation, which often cost heritage language students a secure sense of cultural identity, an expansive social context of choice, and consequently, their self-determination. When students have a secure sense of authenticity in their cultural identity, and a favorable social context within which to make important life choices, they then have the best chance of become self-determining. Thus, I examine how bilingual education policy should be justified based on the principle of self-determination.

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Bilingual Research JournalTaylor & Francis

Published: Oct 1, 2000

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