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Literary Criticism

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The issue of educating immigrants who do not speak English as their first language has been an extremely heated topic for decades. The American education system has chosen to deal with this issue in various ways, including the controversial English Only movement that has been implemented for some time in Arizona as well as other states. This research paper explores how linguistic oppression has occurred and continues to occur in the American education system using Gloria Anzaldúa's piece "How to Tame a Wild Tongue" as a primary resource. Anzaldúa's firsthand experiences with the American education system as well as the experiences of others testify against the power culture of English in the United States as implemented in the American education system that results in linguistic terrorism and damage to personal identity.

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4116 JFSB

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20-3-2015 10:15 AM

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20-3-2015 11:45 AM

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Wild Tongues in Education: Anzaldúa, Linguistic Oppression, and Power Culture

4116 JFSB

The issue of educating immigrants who do not speak English as their first language has been an extremely heated topic for decades. The American education system has chosen to deal with this issue in various ways, including the controversial English Only movement that has been implemented for some time in Arizona as well as other states. This research paper explores how linguistic oppression has occurred and continues to occur in the American education system using Gloria Anzaldúa's piece "How to Tame a Wild Tongue" as a primary resource. Anzaldúa's firsthand experiences with the American education system as well as the experiences of others testify against the power culture of English in the United States as implemented in the American education system that results in linguistic terrorism and damage to personal identity.