THE SACREDNESS OF LANGUAGE:
WHAT'S AT STAKE IN THE BILINGUAL EDUCATION DEBATE?
The issues around Proposition 227 are not merely educational
or political, but deeply moral and ethical. On Sunday morning, May 24th,
Grace Cathedral in San Francisco will host a panel discussion of the profound
moral and ethical issues undergirding Proposition 227 and its attacks on
language diversity and bilingual education.
Supt. Bill Rojas from San Francisco Unified School District,
who has just sued the governor and the State of California for mandating
testing in English of limited-English proficient students, and Carlota
del Portillo will join theologians Carmichael Peters of Santa Clara University
and Alan Jones, Dean of Grace Cathedral, for this discussion. The session
will deepen the public discussion of Prop. 227 beyond the biased attacks
on bilingual and public education which fill the media, to address fundamental
issues of language rights and human rights. Will Proposition 227 be permitted
to impose a restricted and diminished definition of civil and human rights
in our state?
Please join us on May 24th at 9:30 a.m. in Gresham Hall
at Grace Cathedral (1100 California Street). The Forum will also be webcast
Immediately following the Forum, a press conference of religious leaders
and other public figures will be held to release a statement to the media.
Please join us at Grace Cathedral for these important events.