Bilingual Education...”Si” Or No?

Today, in many schools across America, a new learning concept is being tested--bilingual education. This concept allows foreign children to use their native language (or family language) for educational purposes. Some feel this concept can help children to do better in their classwork and have a more familiar learning environment. However, if they are not taught in a common, “public” language, are these children really learning anything? Richard Rodriguez doesn’t think so. As a child of a Spanish-speaking Mexican American family, he experienced the struggles of attending an English-speaking public school. While there, he learned English not only to fit in with his classmates, ...

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with a strong point: children should learn a “public” language in school, not only to increase their educational prowess but also to gain acceptance in society.
Rodriguez builds ethos by describing his childhood experiences. He talks of the trouble he had speaking English in front of his class (230) and how his teachers at school always said he seemed “so timid and shy” (230). But at home he encountered different experiences; such as a distance from los gringos in his neighborhood (232), and how the more English he learned, the further he felt from his parents (232). Rodriguez’s strong credibility comes from the fact that he grew up bilingual. He actually had to go to school and speak one language, and then when he would come home he would speak another. At times, he did wish that his teachers would speak Spanish in the classroom--he thought that maybe he “would have felt much less afraid” (229). But he then realizes that his family life is a more intimate and ...

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Added: 7/31/2007 04:46:17 PM
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