Bilingual Vs. Bilingual Education

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The United States of America has long been considered the “melting pot” of cultures, ethnicities and even languages. For decades, the experience of immigration into America has influenced the linguistic assimilation into the English language, a prevailing characteristic of American society. The rapid growth of English assimilation and the clash with cultural identity extends to modern generations, especially in modern education. David Nieto’s history of bilingual education discusses the influence of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, having initiated the use of bilingual Education in America. Eventually, the Bilingual Education Act of 1974 defined and legitimized bilingual education in schools, which added special programs for minority students in order to provide equal education opportunities to all students, despite their level of English proficiency. Bilingual programs were initially meant to provide an unlimited education for students affected by language barriers in U.S. schools. However, the effectiveness of bilingual education in helping students is often debated. For years, children have suffered through the bilingual education programs in American schools. Bilingual education programs, though having been in effect for numerous decades, have proven to be more detrimental on students, teachers, and schools rather than beneficial. In 1998, the California Proposition 227, drafted partly by a California teacher named Gloria Matta Tuchman regarding the removal of bilingual programs in public schools, was passed and removed bilingual programs from a percentage of California schools while implementing English-immersion programs (Lasken 10). Surveys of test scores, compiled by Sheri Annis, from schools with and without Prop. 227 Engli... ... middle of paper ... ...English-immersion education is a significantly better form of language education and should replace bilingual schooling nationwide. Due to the lack of regard for assimilation of immigrant students, and the continuous failures of bilingual education programs in schools with low funding, English-immersion programs should replace bilingual education programs in schools across America. Bilingual programs in schools have no positive result in regards to the educational success of students, and when they do, it is because those programs have a much higher budget than the typical public school. Because of this, the presumed success of bilingual programs has not proved sufficient enough for the students in the programs. The failure of prosperous assimilation, lack of qualified teachers, and high costs clearly demonstrate the need to dismantle bilingual programs in schools.

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