What if you walked into a Senior English course and were handed this:
Would you feel a little insulted?
If you said yes, then you understand how tens of thousands (maybe hundreds of thousands? or more?) of Latino students feel everyday when we force them into Spanish classes with non-heritage language learners.
Now imagine the tables turned. You are a kindergartener, and you are given a writing assignment meant for a high school Senior. Is there ANY possible way to differentiate that? I believe the answer is no.
Granted, I know that millions of teachers are forced to do this every day when a newly-arrived English Language Learner walks into their English class. It’s a crying shame, but it is not the battle with which I am concerned at this moment while writing this blog post.
It’s that time of year again, when schools across the nation are making their schedules for next year. Unite with me in this cause: GIVE HERITAGE LEARNERS THE BILINGUAL EDUCATION THEY DESERVE!