The History Of Bilingual Education

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For decades, education has been one of the most important aspects of life. Because education has always been around, it has unintentionally changed over time. These changes have been the result of various historic and legislative events that have occurred throughout the years. After taking a closer look at the history of bilingual education, I have selected a handful of events that, in my opinion, led to drastic changes and greatly impacted bilingual students. The 1700s and 1800s was a time period where individuals wanted to cultivate their native languages while others began to neglect the various languages that were being practiced. There had been historic events like the compulsory legislative law and the American Revolution that impacted education one of these removed children from their homes to attend the war, leaving them without an education and the other allowed children slaves to receive an education. These two events impacted education but another event during this time was Plessy v. Ferguson in 1896. This was a legislative event that acknowledged everyone was “separate but equal” in correlation to the 14th Amendment. This case initiated segregation and created accommodations for African Americans and whites. Once segregation was put into practice, the world seemed to exclude all other languages and focus on the “ideal” language, English. During this time, 1880s and 1960s, areas were rapidly expanding with immigrants and refugees. Some of the impactful events during this time period were the Naturalization Act, the Meyer v. Nebraska case and Brown v. Board of Education. The naturalization Act occurred in 1906 required all immigrants to learn English in order to become citizens. This affected children because they w... ... middle of paper ... ... educators and additional materials in order to meet the needs of the children. This time period helped immigrant children attend schools that were equipped with proper materials to improve their education. Bilingual education has gone through many changes that have impacted the education of immigrant children. Bilingual education went from restricting children to only one language and made it clear that the children’s native language was of no importance. Soon after, individuals began to realize that all children are entitled to equal educational opportunities, therefore, promoted immigrant education with funding and acts that allowed immigrant children to attend school. These have been the impacts of events throughout the 1700s- present and although bilingual education has come a long way, it may, or may not move into the opposite direction in the years to come.
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