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The misclassification of bilingual children hindered their intellectual development. Children who had farm worker parents underwent I.Q. tests that were primary in english which left them in a grave disadvantage. They were usually classified as unintelligent, however, when they took the exams a second time by a bilingual tester there scores went higher than the highest scores in the district. The article below was written by Bill McClinton where he describes the experience of Debra Rojas a fourth grader at the time. Debra Roja's highlights the misrepresentation of her and her families lived experiences in the fields and those that are depicted in the literature in her fourth grade class.
education, I.Q. testing, bilingual testers, spanish-speaking, children, 4th grade, farm workers, Bill McClinton, California education system, migrant workers, children farm workers, picking, Sister Janet Brink, Sister Mary Judith
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"I. Q. Testing, Teaching Fantasy & Farm Workers Children: Pruebas de Coeficiente Intelectual, Enseñanza de Fantasía y Niños Trabajadores Agrícolas" (1970). Subjects. 97.