Australia: Race Discrimination Commissioner labels bilingual education 'a success story'

Harold Schiffman haroldfs at gmail.com
Thu Nov 20 17:00:28 UTC 2008


Forwarded From: edling at lists.sis.utsa.edu


ABC News



Race Discrimination Commissioner labels bilingual education 'a success
story'



Australia's Race Discrimination Commissioner says bilingual teaching is one
of few success stories in the recent history of Northern Territory
education.



Tom Calma says the Northern Territory Government is ill-advised to implement
restrictions on traditional language teaching in bilingual schools.



The new policy starts at the beginning of the 2009 school year and states
the first four hours of the school day must be taught in English.



Mr Calma says he shares the view of teachers at some bilingual schools, that
teaching with a focus on traditional language is more effective.



Full story:

http://www.abc.net.au/news/stories/2008/11/17/2421409.htm





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Harold F. Schiffman

Professor Emeritus of
Dravidian Linguistics and Culture
Dept. of South Asia Studies
University of Pennsylvania
Philadelphia, PA 19104-6305

Phone:  (215) 898-7475
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Email:  haroldfs at gmail.com
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