The Rule Book

The poetry of this young man, Dylan Garity, was captivating and his message unsettling.  Without much knowledge on the efficacy of the varied approaches to teach English Language Learners, I am not in a position to take a formal stance on this issue but it seems to me that a teacher with tied hands is going to have trouble teaching.   [A research briefing by the American Federation of Teachers written 11 years ago offers a nice introduction to the debate.]  What I do believe is that all children – regardless of native tongue – have the right to receive a comprehensive education.  Perhaps then our society’s responsibility is to fund research to help educators make informed decisions about how to best meet the unique needs of their students.  Please point me to other resources as I would love to learn more!

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