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School of Education


Education: Elementary/Middle


foreign language education, charter schools, market theory, bilingualism, Seal of Biliteracy


Bilingual, Multilingual, and Multicultural Education | Curriculum and Instruction | Elementary Education


Education is a notoriously contentious subject in America. Controversy exists and continues to flare up over what content should be taught, how it should be taught, as well as the cost; foreign language is one such subject. The history of foreign language education in the United States (U.S.) reviews current foreign language policies and practices in the U.S. and other countries, as well as the reasons that proponents of foreign language education argue that it must be improved in the U.S. The charter school approach to education was analyzed in the context of market theory to determine if a correlation exists between charter school education and success in a foreign language. The effects of education at a charter school on the success of students in a foreign language may help, hinder, or have no effect at all on students’ success.