Literacy and Culture: Problems and Promises of Bilingual Education - May 9, 1996

We want the future to hold good jobs, loving families and citizen participation for all our children. And we know that in this society, being literate and speaking English will help lead to that future. We also know that many students talk with their families about love, work, and respect in a language other than English--one their family brought to this country. Can students achieve this vision of the future when they speak one language at home and another in school? Will keeping the native language alive help or hinder the student who is learning English? These are the questions that will be discussed at this Town Hall Meeting.