Symbols and the Political Context of Bilingual Education in the United States
by Walter G. Secada & Theodora Lightfoot — 1993
The focus of this chapter is on the symbolic importance of those debates. People often coalesce around issues as much because of their symbolic nature as because of theoretical or practical considerations. In this chapter, we take as given that, in order to understand the political context of bilingual education (that is, how it is situated in the politics of language and education) we must understand the symbols that frame the issues as well as the theoretical and technical debates, and how all of these ·find their expression in political actions.
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