Don't Speak Spanish! Just Three Words and Their Harmful Impact at Two Texas Middle Schools

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Don't Speak Spanish! Just Three Words and Their Harmful Impact at Two Texas Middle Schools

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In this account, I attempt to shed light on how two seemingly distinct aspects of schooling, campus discipline and school sociocultural philosophy, are actually highly interrelated variables. Educators at Jacobson Middle School purportedly “value” student language and culture, yet they do next to nothing to promote a culturally reaffirming environment. This can only compound the behavioral and academic difficulties of Latino youth. Few things are more damaging to Latino bicultural identity than a restriction on the academic development of his or her home language.

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