The School As A Whole

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Overall it was determined that the school as a whole, was a failure, not due to the policies implemented by Maxwell, but rather due to the insurmountable challenges of overcrowding. Many schools held double sessions and a single classroom with one teacher often held 60 and occasionally up to 150 children. Students were forced to sit three to a seat and some students, usually immigrants were turned away. How well immigrants did in these schools depended on the importance placed on education by their parents. Jewish parents valued education highly and their children often thrived in the schools. Other schools, such as Italians, resented the fact that the schools tried to strip the children of their culture in their students often floundered. One Italian boy, Leonard Cavello, stated, “We soon got the idea that ‘Italian’ meant something inferior, and a barrier was erected between children of Italian origin and their parents. This was the accepted process of Americanization. We were becoming Americans by learning to be ashamed of our parents.” The schools were improved by Maxwell, but some challenges were undefeatable causing the schools to fail. During the nineteenth and early twentieth century there was no set way of how to teach an English language learner. Some schools practiced bilingual education. Other schools placed immigrant children in the English language learner program and hoped they would learn. Other schools had segregated schools specifically for the immigrants
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