At War with Diversity: US Language Policy in an Age of Anxiety

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Multilingual Matters, Jan 1, 2000 - Language Arts & Disciplines - 143 pages
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Bilingualism is a reality that many Americans still find difficult to accept; hence the prominence of English-only activism in U.S. politics. This collection of essays analyzes the sources of the anti-bilingual movement, its changing directions, and its impact on education policy. The book also explores efforts to resist the English-only trend, including projects to revitalize Native American languages.
 

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Contents

Anatomy of the Englishonly Movement
4
Official English in the 1990s
31
What Is To Be Done and Why?
52
Seven Hypotheses on Language Loss
66
The Political Paradox of Bilingual Education
84
A Post Mortem
104
References
128
Index
138
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James Crawford is a writer, lecturer, and consultant specializing in language education. His works include Hold Your Tongue: Bilingualism and the Politics of "English Only"; Bilingual Education: History, Politics, Theory, and Practice; Best Evidence: Research Foundations of the Bilingual Education Act; and Language Loyalties: A Source Book on the Official English Controversy. Previously he served as Washington editor of Education Week.

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