About the NPR News piece “Mexican-American Toddlers: Understanding The Achievement Gap”

Something to think about– I haven’t read the paper, but I will and will also comment. The points raised here are important with respect to assessment of children from different cultures (whose culture is likely not represented on the test) and for bilinguals (who are likely also bicultural).

School for Linguists

After reading this piece on the NPR website, as well as the research article it reports on, I felt I had to write to the ombudsman. The text of my letter follows.


Dear Ombudsman:

In the story “Mexican-American Toddlers: Understanding the Achievement Gap” on last week’s All Things Considered, I was disappointed not to hear a response to Bruce Fuller from an expert on bilingual and multicultural education. Including this perspective would have highlighted two significant problems with the piece: first, that Dr. Fuller’s research is framed in a highly anglocentric way, and second, that some of the claims he made on the radio are not supported by his research.

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  1. #1 by Heather Mitchell on April 14, 2015 - 8:40 am

    I heard this piece on NPR and was troubled by it, mainly because they did not even clarify if the testing was done bilingually. I’m glad there has been a response. I, too, would like to read the actual study.

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