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Unformatted text preview: Banishing Bilingualism In a time in which large amounts of teachers will begin to retire, there is an opportunity with laws made that guarantee a non-English speaking student’s failure. Several states have now passed anti- bilingual initiatives. Bilingual programs are now at risk of being dismantled in favor of a uniform system that suppresses many children’s first language (Katz and Kohl, 2002). The Bilingualism Debate Remakes California Politics California’s past few elections have been a racial battlefield based on the debate on English in our schools; with a new initiative that would give transitional classes for non-English speaking students, which was surprisingly favored by the majority of Latino voters (Rodriguez, 1998). The Politics of Bilingualism A 16 year-old student is suspended for speaking Spanish in the halls of his school. The student’s bilingualism is seen more as a threat to people instead of an asset. The principal of the school suspended the student stating that it was not the first time that students have been asked not to speak Spanish in class...
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- Fall '09