The issue of bilingual education is a much debated topic in this country and especially in this state. The Spanish-speaking populace has grown tremendously in these past decades, much of which has immigrated with Spanish as their only language. This has left the public school system with an interesting problem; how to successfully transition Spanish speaking students into an English environment. Public school systems have generally adopted one of two approaches to this problem. One is to allow students several years to develop their English with lessons taught in both languages.
A great amount of students lack maturity and do not take high school seriously, but the real world will give them a reality check before they know it. A good high school education should do more than prepare students for the next level of education or for later employment; it should prepare students to take advantage of future learning opportunities of all kinds. Broad also stated, “Only one in four high school students graduate ready for college in all four core subjects (English, reading, math and science), which is why a third of students entering college have to take remedial courses” (para.4). Students should gain particular skills and information, as well as a broad perspective on the world and its possibilities. The best way to help students prepare for successful futures is by monitoring their achievement and providing help wherever and whenever possible.
In most cases they would have gone to a vocational high school or technical college. These are special schools in which students learn the exact skills they need to complete their desired career in an accelerated period of time. More people should be encouraged to go to these schools, because we will need more Blue Collar workers in our future. Students as young as fourteen years of age can enter these vo-tech high schools to start training for their future career (Nolan 4). This may seem young to some parents because the common misconception of these schools is that the student stops traditional education to enter technical classes (Nolan 3).
There is a tremendous amount of things in life that every student at Golden West College should know how to do. High schools do not offer classes that teach their students how to do certain things in life after high school, and instead teach them things that become useless. Therefore, once these students move on to college they think that they know everything that they need to know. However, that is not exactly true for a majority of them. In the article, “How to Make It in College, Now That You’re Here” Brian O’Keeney discusses many different techniques to help freshmen, and any other students in college that need the assistance.
We are seeing more and more children who come from an increasingly broad range of linguistic, cultural, religious, and academic backgrounds attending American schools (Kim, 2011). As the number of students whose first language is not English increases, programs such as English as a Second Language (ESL), dual language, and other similar programs are being implemented within the school system. Lueck (2010) started noticing that though a large number of these students were enrolling in schools their parents were refusing the language support services the schools offered their children. In order to be allowed entrance into one of the ESL programs students are tested on their English language proficiency with the Ideal Proficiency Test (IPT) as mandated by the Texas Education Agency; also if they score below the 40th percentile on the IOWA Test of Basic Knowledge and Skills. If the students fall within these categories then the parents are notified and they can approve or deny whether their child will receive these services.
Being able to fluently speak two languages is a very demanding and competitive skill. The capability to articulate thoughts to people who may not speak the same primary language as you is very profitable not only in the work force, but also in everyday life. Learning a second language also helps to shorten cultural gaps between different countries. With the seemingly increased importance in learning a second language, schools nationwide have implemented learning a foreign language as a requirement, for graduation in High School. However, starting to learn a second language in kindergarten is the most effective and beneficial practice in leading a child on the path to fluently speaking another language.
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