Bilingual Education: Bilingual education has been a subject of national debate since the 1960s. This essay traces the evolution of that debate from its origin in the Civil Rights Act (1964) and the Bilingual Education Act (1968), which decreed that a child should be instructed in his or her native tongue for a transitional year while she or he learned English but was to transfer to an all-English classroom as fast as possible. These prescriptions were ignored by bilingual enthusiasts; English was neglected, and Spanish language and cultural maintenance became the norm.
Bilingual Politics: From Massachusetts to Colorado, and even in the Golden State, the debate over whether public school students ought to be taught in English or their native tongues is raging as hot as ever. Massachusetts residents will likely vote in November on whether or not they want to make English mandatory in all public school classrooms. In Colorado, there’s also a movement afoot to force a referendum on whether or not immigrant children entering American schools should be "immersed" in English courses.
Bilingual Education: Foreign language teachers make the case that learning a second language opens up additional career opportunities in a rapidly expanding global economy while helping us recognize there are more ways than one to look at the world, enabling us to be more understanding of those who do not share our views.
Gingrich Assails American Bilingualism as ‘Dangerous’: Politics: Speaker cites Canada as example of how differences split a nation. Critics say his call for English as official language will hurt immigrants.
1. W. E. B. Du Bois, cited in Kenneth James King, Pan-Africanism and Education: A Study of Race, Philanthropy, and Education in the Southern States of America and East Africa (Oxford, Eng.: Clarendon Press, 1971), p. 257.
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