Monday, February 09, 2009

Children forced to sign English-only contract

A substitute teacher in a special ed math class decided to have her students sign a contract stating they would not be able to speak any language besides English.
“This is an English speaking school and classroom -- any other [sic] language other than English will not be tolerated,” the document states. It also informs students that they had to sign the paper -- that their signatures would count as a test grade.

The American Civil Liberties Union sent a letter to Vineland Superintendent, Charles Ottinger, to remind him that English-only policies are illegal. However, Ottinger stated that they were not aware this had happened and don't condone such a policy.

You can view the full article here.


Joy said...

Unbelievable the ignorance today. To force children to sign such a paper and count it as a test grade, what is this teacher thinking?

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Liza Sánchez said...

Yes! I can't even imagine how degrading the experience must have been for the students. An attack on one's language is by default also an attack on their culture. How sad!