The Education of Young Hispanics: The Big Debate
There are two major competing theories about how to best increase Latino-American student achievement within the United States.
One Side of the Debate
One side supports the "Americanization" of young Latino-Americans. However, this usually means the "elimination not only of linguistic and cultural differences but of an undesirable culture” that doesn’t know how to best educate and prepare its children for learning in the United States1.
Our Side and Our Stance
We follow the research. And according to sociocultural theory and transfer theory, we find that integrating a child’s cultural practices into their learning creates the best environment for them to not only learn but also maintain their bilingualism, their pride and confidence in their family’s ethnic identity—instead of calling their culture, and to an extent their family, an inferior type of learning framework. We seek to have our children grow within their community, rather than separating them from it and disconnecting them from their histories and families. We believe in building bridges, and creating economic opportunity.
Plus, bilingual students tend to show higher cognitive abilities, and the United States work force loves bilingualism in this increasingly global economy!
1. Understanding the language development and Early Education of Hispanic Children. Eugene Garcia and Erminda, 2012