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Running head: FINALE PROJECT: BILINGUALISM IN AMERICAN SCHOOLS 1 Finale Project: Bilingualism in American Schools Tiffany Altvater AED 200 10/25/2010 Kelly Flemm
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FINALE PROJECT: BILINGUALISM IN AMERICAN SCHOOLS 2 Finale Project: Bilingualism in American Schools Even though many people do not believe that bilingualism in American education is important, our education system will benefit from bilingual education. America is already a diverse nation with a growing minority population whose needs cannot be ignored. In addition, America lags as a nation, behind almost the entire global population which; usually requires their students to become bilingual as a standard part of their public education systems. Finally, and perhaps most importantly, it is a fact that when cultures understand each other, both socially and verbally, tolerance flows within the school system and as a result out into the external society. American education will benefit from bilingualism because America is already a diverse nation, with a growing minority population whose needs cannot be ignored. The United States of America has a long history of multicultural societies living side by side. For many years several languages have been continually spoken in the United States, any language that can be thought of has been spoken in many different societies around America. Each of the different cultures brought to American shores are special and unique, each subculture offers new information about food sources, and basic survival techniques, different ways of expressing themselves, and new life to our shores. Spanish-speaking as well as any other non English language speaking students have a need to learn and to be taught, who better to teach them than the American educational system? America has always been a growing nation of immigrants, our linguistically resources are limitless. As a nation we must utilize these resources, hire people from the cultures to communicate and teach our lessons to the children of these different cultures. According to Nieto (2009) “America has an ever growing population of Spanish speaking immigrants; it is projected that our countries total population will be made up of more than 25% of predominately Spanish speaking individuals by the year 2012.(p 61)
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