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1. My Name is Not Easy – Diversity Reading Challenge 2015

I have chosen to Review My Name Is Not Easy as part of the celebration of Native American Heritage during the month of November. Title: My Name is Not Easy Author: Debby Dahl Edwardson Publisher: Marshall Cavendish, 2011 Themes: Alaska, Alaska Natives, Indians, Whites, … Continue reading

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2. More on Forbidden Language

Earlier this week Dan Olivas did a post about a discussion and book signing at UCLA. While we as yet have no posting on the event, I'm in the process of getting a copy of the book to review for La Bloga. In the meantime here's more info below from the publisher, Teachers College Press at Columbia University.

What does this have to do with a Chicano literary site? Demasiado.

I live and teach in Denver where only a federal court order prevents the city's Spanish-speaking children from being forced into the Forbidden Language ranks. In recent state elections, English-only referendums have repeatedly raise their ugly heads, though to-date they've luckily been chopped off at the jugular.

Denying all our children the language of Neruda and Marquez is not seen by politicians and others as part of the reason the U.S. trails much of the world in literacy, math, science, etc. Perhaps this book will shed some intelligent light for them to improve their vision.

While I don't know what conclusions the authors reached, they've analyzed practices in three states where English-only proponents unfortunately succeeded in changing state educational policy--California, Arizona and Massachusetts. Should be an interesting read.

Forbidden Language, English Learners and Restrictive Language Policies
Patricia Gandara and Megan Hopkins, Editors
Multicultural Education Series
Pub.: January 2010, 272 pages
Paperback: $32.95, ISBN: 080775045X Cloth: $70.00, ISBN: 0807750468

Pulling together the most up-to-date research on the effects of restrictive language policies, this timely volume focuses on what we know about the actual outcomes for students and teachers in California, Arizona, and Massachusetts—states where these policies have been adopted. Prominent legal experts in bilingual education analyze these policies and specifically consider whether the new data undermine their legal viability. Other prominent contributors examine alternative policies and how these have fared. Finally, Patricia Gándara, Daniel Losen, and Gary Orfield suggest how better policies, that rely on empirical research, might be constructed.

This timely volume:
* Features contributions from well-known educators and scholars in bilingual education.
* Includes an overview of English learners in the United States and a brief history of the policies that have guided their instruction.
* Analyzes the current research on teaching English learners in order to determine the most effective instructional strategies.

“At a time when nativism and ugly anti-immigrant discourse is played out daily on talk radio and cable television, I took hope in reading these chapters, especially when it is clear that learning English is such a priority for these children and their parents. While I doubt that restrictionists will heed its findings, policymakers and educators should read this book carefully.” — Michael A. Olivas, William B. Bates Distinguished Chair in Law, University of Houston

“This volume offers a sobering view of the consequences of making educational policy by referendum, a

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