Bilingual Education

Bilingual Education - Tatsumi 1 Otto Tatsumi Professor...

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Otto Tatsumi Professor Linda Bland-Stewart Ph.D. SPHR 072 October 17th 2007 Reasons for and against Bilingual Education Bilingual education is a double-faced creature. The brighter side promises everything beautiful while the darker tells a story of financial crisis and diminished national identity. When one asks why it is necessary for the government to provide such a benefit, families cry out for the need to preserve their culture. Conservatives cry out for the cost and risks involved in educating a child of foreign origin. Both camps offer legitimate reasons why there should or should not be bilingual education. This short essay will examine both. Decades ago, immigrants were coerced into English only environments. They were expected to learn and absorb the best they can to stay afloat naturally. Strict guidelines were laid in place to enforce English usage in classrooms. Conklin, the author of the book A Host of Tongues, labeled the old public school systems as “enforcers of English monolingualism in our society” (Conklin 236). This was true. Public schools were a large breeding ground for monolingual speakers. They assimilated cultures together and morphed them into one identity for improved unity. 1
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