Condemned Without a Trial: Bogus Arguments Against Bilingual Education 1st Edition

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ISBN-13: 978-0325001296
ISBN-10: 0325001294
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“The book succeeds admirably in its goal of demystifying the political discourse surrounding bilingual education.”–Journal of Multilingual and Multicultural Development

About the Author

Stephen Krashen is Emeritus Professor of Education at the University of Southern California. He is best known for his work in establishing a general theory of second language acquisition, as the cofounder of the Natural Approach, and as the inventor of sheltered subject matter teaching. He is the author of numerous books, including Three Arguments Against Whole Language and Why They Are Wrong (1999), Every Person a Reader: An Alternative to the California Task Force Report on Reading (1997), and Under Attack: The Case Against Bilingual Education (1997), all available from Heinemann.
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Product Details

  • Age Range: 5 - 17 years
  • Grade Level: Kindergarten - 12
  • Paperback: 128 pages
  • Publisher: Heinemann; 1 edition (January 28, 1999)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0325001294
  • ISBN-13: 978-0325001296
  • Product Dimensions: 5 x 0.3 x 7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #966,430 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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20 of 20 people found the following review helpful By Renwick on October 2, 2000
Format: Paperback
Dr. Krashen presents a clear, documented analysis of bilingual education, verifying that when it is done right, it is the best way to educate language minority students. He accurately disects the arguments against bilingual education, showing that they are based in misinformation and prejudice. In light of ballot measures in California, Arizona, and across the country that would dismantle effective bilingual education and force all students to sink or swim, this should be required reading for all voters.
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3 of 6 people found the following review helpful By P. Hubbard on July 29, 2005
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From the first post:

"When a grammar expert is needed at my office, I am called upon."

The self-refutation of the author's claim is too humorous to miss the attention of even one reader.
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13 of 57 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on March 25, 2001
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I am tired of hearing that bilingual education works. Human nature is such that we all gravitate to the easy road in life. This is the central problem with bilingual education. There is no incentive to put yourself through the humiliation of speaking a foreign language if you have no incentive. I learned to speak English at the age of five (as of yet my parents do not speak it). From the minute I entered grammar school I was placed in a classroom full of English speaking kids. I wanted to play with them and show I was not dumb - so I did the only thing I could, I learned to speak English. (PS - at this point you may say I had wonderfully supportive parents - NEVER HAPPENED, that had nothing to do with my success). I have scored in the 98th and 99th percentiles in my SAT, LSAT, and GMAT English tests. When a grammar expert is needed at my office, I am called upon. I am also not that unusual, just ask the other bilingual kids I went to school with who learned English the same way I did. Stop telling me self esteem is earned by gently guiding kids into a new language - the only thing that gentle guidance teaches kids is that they don't have to put themselves through the trauma of learning. Yes, trauma is terrible, but it is also a wonderful teacher. Only by experiencing that trauma will children ever have true self-esteem. Only then will they earn and enjoy the feeling of accomplishment learning a new language will give them. Only then will they have an opportunity to succeed in America. The premise of this book is ridiculous - why don't these authors ever inteview the children who lived in bilingual worlds, like me?Read more ›
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