Iowa: Protest of language test gets student suspended
haroldfs at gmail.com
Fri Mar 6 21:44:43 UTC 2009
Forwarded From: edling at lists.sis.utsa.edu
Des Moines Register
Protest of language test gets student suspended
A Storm Lake teenager was suspended from school this week because she
refused to take a test for students who are not fluent in English.
Lori Phanachone, the U.S.-born daughter of immigrants from Laos, says
she proved her grasp of English in other ways. The Storm Lake High
School senior has a near-perfect grade-point average and acceptance
letters from two Iowa colleges.
But because she listed Lao as her first language on a school
registration form, Phanachone said administrators forced her to take a
test for students who lack basic English skills.
"I'm all for help where it's needed, but for you to generalize
everyone who speaks a second language, that's so degrading," said
Phanachone, 18, who also might miss her school prom and track season.
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
Fax: (215) 573-2138
Email: haroldfs at gmail.com
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