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The Official Language Movement

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Running head: THE OFFICIAL LANGUAGE MOVEMENT 1 The Official Language Movement Angel Bingham ETH 125 May 26, 2011 Thomas Messer
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THE OFFICIAL LANGUAGE MOVEMENT 2 The Official Language Movement Referring to bilingual education as a failure is the primary focus of the article “Politics made ‘bilingual’ a dirty word.” The article continues to touch on the debate between educators on whether learning a second language should be mandatory in public schools. Points made in the article say that a second language helps open more career opportunities and break communication barriers. The opposition disagrees and states’ learning a second language does not give anyone an advantage over another. In “Gingrich links bilingual education and ‘ghetto’,” former House Speaker Newt Gingrich voices his opinion on bilingual education. Gingrich believes that because people have to pass an American history test in English before immigrants can become US citizens that there
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