Bilingual Education Essay by The Research Group

Bilingual Education
An examination of the public's attitudes, alternative techniques, effectiveness, survey results, economics and California's "English Only" initiative.
# 15249 | 1,575 words | 7 sources | 2000 | US
Published on Feb 11, 2003 in Education (Curriculum) , Education (Multiculturalism)


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"Americans have recently shown an antagonism to bilingual education programs, which with the recent vote in California on Proposition 227 has resulted in the beginning of the abandonment of bilingual programs. The vote represents a common way of dealing with problems not by fixing them but by throwing out the whole program without having a real alternative. "English Only" curricula are being introduced. One problem is that simple immersion has been tried before and did not produce the desired results. If bilingual education has not been working, it may need to be reshaped rather than eliminated. For that matter, if "English Only" is to be instituted, the curriculum itself needs to be tested to show that it works. Simply adopting an "English Only" policy will not solve the problems of our educational system and will not make Hispanics in particular learn as they

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