Dan Carsen is the education reporter at WBHM in Birmingham. He’s been a teacher, a teacher trainer, a newspaper reporter, a radio commentator, and an editor at an educational publishing house. His writing and reporting have won numerous regional and national awards. His outside interests include basketball, kayaking, sailing, mountain biking, percussion, and hoping his children let him sleep.
We visited a town in the former Soviet country to see what life is like in the “domik” container villages — almost 30 years after they moved in.
Students who don’t speak English as their first language rank toward the bottom in almost every measure of academic achievement. Even if their population were to stop rising, the situation signifies a looming hit to the national and regional economies.
Why dual-language schools, and educating language-minorities in general, has been a challenge for the US South.
As public schools become more linguistically diverse, some see bilingual or “dual-language” programs as a way to improve education for all – English speakers too.
The number of Latinos in US schools is rising faster than any other group. And their share of the school population is rising fastest in the South.