How Ideology and Cultural Capital Shape the Distribution of Illinois’ Bilingual Education Programs
by P. Zitlali Morales & Arthi B. Rao - September 28, 2015
In this commentary, the authors explain that, despite well-respected bilingual education policy, Illinois, like most of the U.S. has an inequitable distribution of dual immersion bilingual education programs. Such programs appear mostly in white, middle-class communities rather than in predominantly Latino ones. The authors argue that this inequity is driven by ideological and cultural capital differences among communities. They contend that these inequities must be addressed if more effective additive bilingual education models are to serve emergent bilingual students in the U.S.
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