ELL’s or English language learners often find it quite difficult to cope with school life more than other students. It’s quite well known that Latino students are not able to catch up to students like American students are able to. Especially when it comes to reading English and calculating math! They need special care so that they can always stay in the race and not lag behind. But the education system does not address such problems and thus, special care is forgotten and the students are left to suffer.
Policy makers are responsible.
The ELL children population has been growing rapidly, especially in the U.S., and is expected to grow even more rapidly in upcoming years. If the policy makers do not design the education system to cater to their needs, then there will be a severe drop in the overall results of the schools. The policy makers should make sure that such schools continue to work effectively.
Preschool programs are the answer.
At the same time, preschools should also be developed accordingly. If the preschool programs are strong, only then can students shine well when they are promoted to elementary, middle school, and then high school. If the base is not strong, then the kids will only suffer.
Even if the kids manage decent scores and grades later in their elementary or middle school years, they are not completely up to the same level as other children their age. It would be quite visible through their spoken English. Since ELL students keep running in order to catch up with their peers, the basics are left unattended.
Parents do not send students to preschool.
At the same time one can make other arguments since studies reveal new information. Though preschools are there, the parents of these ELL students don’t send them to such schools. Asked if the reason is because they are not interested, they deny it.
According to majority of parents, they feel that such schools are definitely an added advantage as the kids will have an advantage over those kids who have not attended the preschools. But when asked why they don’t enroll their kids, they give a number of reasons.
Some of the parents say that they don’t know about such programs or schools. Majority of them state that it is simply not affordable. While others complain that the rigid education system does not admit their children in such schools, since they demand all proper paper work, which they often don’t have!
Originally posted 2009-06-18 22:29:51.