Education has been one of the main instruments of nation-states in
their struggle to assimilate students linguistically. In enforcing a
strictly monolingual policy, schools have been responsible for the
language minoritization of children whose language practices are
different from those who are dominant in a country. These minoritized children include those who are indigenous and autochthonous ; for example, speakers of Alsatian, Breton, Provençal or Corsican, as well as those who are immigrants and refugees.