Hidden Curriculum and the Use of English in the Classroom


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Hidden Curriculum and the Use of English in the Classroom
Schools are public institutions. They are funded by governments. The laws passed by these governments sometimes are based on racial or ethnic prejudices that are hidden behind good sounding names or good sounding goals. These laws sometimes harm students. Laws that demand that all teaching be done in English are an example of such laws.
It is important for students to be able to read and write in English. There is no question about this value. It is important that this be a part of our official curriculum. But there is also a hidden curriculum related to the way that English is taught in schools today. This hidden curriculum hides the real purpose of these laws. It affects the way...
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...... But because these tests are in English, students who have not yet learned to think, compute and write in this second language are disadvantaged. They are told that they are lazy or not smart, since success is based on the values of being smart and working hard. At least, that is what the hidden curriculum teaches.
Langout, R. & Mitchell, C. (Nov/Dec 2008). Engaging Contexts: Drawing the Link Between Student and Teacher Experiences of the Hidden Curriculum. Journal of Community & Applied Social Psychology, 18(6), pp. 593-614. DOI: 10.1002/casp.974
Mitchell, C. (2005). English Only: The Creation and Maintenance of an Academic Underclass. Journal of Latino & Education, 4(4), pp. 253-270. DOI: 10.1207/s1532771xjle0404_4