Cautionary Tale: How State Law Limits Adult Language Learners’ Options

December 11, 2013 at 4:12 PM | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

“Imagine what that would feel like to someone to be told basically, ‘You’re getting kicked out of school,” says Janet Sparks, teacher at the Ronald M. Hubbs Center in Minnesota.

Interesting article from Minnesota Public Radio really captures  how program policies present challenges for adult language learners, many of whom are asked to leave the program because they have not progressed a reading level in the requisite time. In adherence to Minnesota State Law, the Ronald M. Hubbs Center has no option but to let  students go if they  have not progressed a reading level every 30 days.  This scenario leaves ousted students with little to no options for continued English and Language learning.  While measurable outcomes and standards based on milestones are important, it is also a cautionary tale about being too inflexible with those standards. Many of these students already face difficult life situations and this policy puts them that much further behind turning their lives around.

 

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