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July 2010

Cutting to the CoreWhen lawmakers dictate curricula, the natural reaction from educators is to reject this top down approach which seeks to homogenize the lives of children without possibly taking into account the individual...

Greetings from Granada

Assistant Editor Kate Sommers-Dawes continues her reports from Spain:Had the most thrilling day today (my first day alone, as the journalist group left this morning). I awoke with no plan except to find a...

Greetings from Malaga

Assistant Editor Kate Sommers-Dawes is in Spain today (El Día del Español) and writes:Had an outstanding tour of Malaga today after visiting Malaca Language School in the hills surrounding the city which were surprisingly...
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June 2010

Communicate PeriodThe administration’s Race to the Top scheme is only the latest in a long line of attempts to “fix” our educational system — all of which have neglected the fundamental changes in our...

California Language Roadmap Summit

On Friday, May 7, a summit meeting entitled, “Building World Citizens for California’s Success,” brought together leaders from business, education, public policy, and local school communities to begin developing a strategic plan for prioritizing...

Britain

There are no limits to the range of English language courses offered in the UK. Over 600,000 learners a year go to the UK to use the language in its natural home. UK English language...

Columnist Calls Language Learning Useless

In a recent column for the Washington Post, Why Waste Time on a Foreign Language?, Jay Mathews argues that "based on what actually happens in high schools, learning a foreign language often is a...
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May 2010

Reading in Any LanguageThe theme of the International Association’s 2010 conference “Reading in Many Languages”seems perfectly timed to coincide with a new report (see News, p10) which finds that bilingual education works as well...

First Random Study Supports Bilingual Ed

In the first randomized-assignment study in which English language learners were followed for as long as five years, researchers have found that Spanish-speaking children learn to read English equally well regardless of whether they...
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April 2010

Free Public EducationNow that a compromised healthcare bill looks set to be pushed through Congress, the Administration has released its Blueprint for Reform to shift public attention to education and the reauthorization of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act(ESEA),...