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Date Posted: 23:29:19 09/25/03 Thu
Author: Anonymous
Subject: English only-school
In reply to: 's message, "Hawaiian Kingdom" on 18:06:29 09/16/03 Tue

"Under what was the best-for-the-majority policy, English standard schools were established as a means of transmitting middle-class U.S. values to any intellectually capable student."
"Admission to the schools, determine by English proficiency, prohibited the attendance of most minority groups."
"This system of tracking students according to their ability to speak English language, in reality, seperated the students by racial lines."
"Lincoln Elementary school, the first English standard school opened in 1924, had a student body of 527 whites, 19 Japanese, 27 Chinese." 149

"Many debates flourished that favored English-only education over education taught in Hawaiian mother tongue. The common schools, taught in Hawaiian, were often referred to as inferior and the students incapable."
Teachers of th e select schools commented that students transferring from the common school to the select school were ill prepared to read, write, and think in English. Logan (1897) wrote about about the common school that "the pupils had learned to read and write Hawaiian and acquired some knowledge of arithmatic, geography, etc. but they had also acquired a habit of not only reading and writing, but of thinking in their native language" (p.3).
"This belief that "thinking Hawaiian" was an inferior way to think eventually led to many Hawaiians believing themselves stupid." 103

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