Dear MLE Interest group,
When I first met Prof Krishna Kumar, director NCERT, he asked me what has been done regarding the linguistic/educational challenges of the indigenous populations in
and US. The below is an interesting article regarding that issue on the Australia . US
From: Susan Malone [mailto:email@example.com]
Sent: 13 June 2006 05:19
Sent: 13 June 2006 05:19
Subject: Fw: Immersion Schools May Help Students
Aha! More fuel for the fight for MLE!
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From: Carolyn Hepburn <Carolyn.Hepburn@SAULTCOLLEGE.CA>
Reply-To: Carolyn Hepburn <Carolyn.Hepburn@SAULTCOLLEGE.CA>
Date: Mon, 12 Jun 2006 10:23:59 -0400
Conversation: Immersion Schools May Help Students
Subject: Immersion Schools May Help Students
Posted: June 05, 2006 by: Jerry Reynolds <file://author.cfm/?id=331>
Educators throughout the nation are required to cope with the quantitative Adequate Yearly Progress scores in reading and math that assess a school's competence under No Child Left Behind. As a result, said Ryan Wilson, president of the National Indian Education Association, ''There's a huge push to advance only scientific education.''
In the meantime, Wilson and other witnesses said, evidence mounts that Native-language immersion programs are associated with stronger student interest in learning and higher academic achievement. Kevin Skenandore, acting director of the Interior Department's Office of Indian Education Programs, said a survey of Interior's five best-performing Indian schools, its five worst-performing schools and all Hopi schools (they have all passed the AYP benchmarks) yielded support for that position.
Sen. Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska, drew from the educational experience of her own sons to note that dual-language schooling can be a concern to parents in the early school years. But later in the educational process, she said, it becomes clear that immersion learning of a second language early on pays off in better academic performance across the board. As
Some of the May 25 testimony, as well as several examples Murkowski marshaled from
S. 2674 has been referred to the Senate Committee on Indian Affairs, and Ryan Wilson urged quick action. He added that it can bring about ''a new day'' in Indian education.
But much remains of the old days, including Indian test scores that trail national averages and faltering marks on the AYP standard of the No Child Left Behind initiative of President George W. Bush.
Sen. Byron Dorgan, D-N.D., vice chairman of the committee, pronounced himself ''a little perplexed'' at Interior's response: a ''reorganization'' to increase the ratio of senior executives to staff personnel. The reorganization is the target of a tribal lawsuit announced one day before the hearing
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