Immigrant Children and the Politics of English-Only: Views from the Classroom

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CHAPTER 2
Teachers' Place in the Local
Enactment of Language Policy

I can't be optimistic about our program because we're not
letting the kids absorb the language. They're [administration
and Open Court Literacy Coaches] moving them too fast.
They're not taking into consideration that these kids need time
to learn the language. I think 227 could work if the wrong
people don't get a hold of it.
(Celia, 1st grade teacher, Westway Elementary)

I feel the best thing to do is educate these children in English.
I come from a family where my parents were in the exact
same boat as adults. So, I understand how it is to feel clueless
to everything. But my own personal beliefs about living in this
country are that the best thing to do is to give them as much
English and educate them so that they can get higher level
types of jobs.
(Connie, 3rd grade teacher, Westway Elementary)

I am a bilingual teacher because I believe in bilingual
education. I believe everybody has the right to speak their own
language, and I believe that if America is a free country then
nobody should deny you the right to get an education in your
first language. These children are going to be our future

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