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April 25, 2016

Salomone Presents at UN Symposium on Language and Sustainable Goals

On April 21st, Professor Rosemary Salomone presented a paper on “Educational Equity,

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Rosemary Salomone

Sustainable Development Goals, and the Commodification of English in the Global Economy” at the Symposium on Language and Sustainable Goals sponsored by the Study Group on Language at the United Nations in cooperation with the Centre for Research and the Documentation on World Language Problems. The abstract of the presentation is as follows:

As English increasingly becomes the dominant lingua franca worldwide, it presents opportunities, challenges, and threats to primary and secondary education. Now widely used among non-native speakers who share neither a common language nor culture, English is no longer a language for ethnic or national identification as languages are conventionally considered. It is an economic skill, a marketable commodity, and a form of cultural capital. At the same time, neo-liberal approaches focusing on competition, efficiency, and accountability have likewise promoted the marketability of education itself. This paper examines the confluence of these forces as they relate to the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals on “quality education” (4), “decent work and economic growth” (8), and “reduced inequalities” (10).  It maintains that the interplay between language and education is key to the success of development efforts to eradicate economic and social inequalities especially in emerging economies. To support that proposition, it focuses on select countries in Latin America, Asia, and Africa, all struggling with the implications of the “rise of English” for language policies in schooling. In the end, it concludes that both inequitable access to quality instruction in English and the widespread provision of primary education in a language that children do not understand are together denying equal rights to educational opportunity to millions of children while overlooking the value of indigenous languages as vehicles for building regional and rural economies.

April 25, 2016

Sovern Quoted by Bloomberg BNA and Politico

Professor Jeff Sovern was recently quoted by both Bloomberg BNA and Politico. The Sovern Two[2]Bloomberg story, headlined CFPB Plans May 5 Hearing on Arbitration; Expected to Propose Rule, quoted Sovern’s blog post on the Consumer Law and Policy Blog:

Because the Bureau usually combines field hearings with announcements of related developments, it is likely to announce its proposed arbitration rules that day,” Jeff Sovern, a professor at St. John’s University School of Law, wrote in the Consumer Law & Policy Blog sponsored by the Public Citizen litigation group.

The Politico quote came in Politico’s Morning Money enewsletter, and read:

MORE ON COST-BENEFIT ANALYSIS — St. John’s University School of Law professor Jeff Sovern emails: “Consumer protection agencies already use CBA. The Dodd-Frank Act directs the CFPB to ‘consider’ costs and benefits. The FTC has a Bureau of Economics which effectively institutionalizes CBA. Neither the CFPB nor the FTC can find a practice unfair unless they find that it causes ‘substantial injury . . . which is . . . not outweighed by countervailing benefits.’”

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