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Bilingual Education: Left of Center View

The whole idea that we should deny access to people in the education system seems to be a bit absurd to me. There are people saying that it takes away from the time teachers have to teach the subject material if we ďcaterĒ to the people that donít speak English. The question I have for them is what they think we should do with these kids who donít speak English?

Do we just toss them out on the street and tell them theyíre out of luck because they didnít come from the U.S.? What about the one who were born here and still donít know English because nobody at home speaks it? Are we going to start denying access to education to American citizens? Whatís next? Do we close the classrooms to the African American kids because they use Ebonics?

Access to education is essential for people to have any chance at success. For those who donít know how to speak English, they need the time in the classroom learning English or they will never understand it. They need to hear the language in use if they are to assimilate it into their speech. Itís not like you can just stick them in an ESL (English as a Second Language) class all day every day either. They need to be able to learn the other subjects or they will get so far behind that they may never catch up. It amounts to punishing children for being born to a certain family if we deny them equal access to education.

The only equitable solution is to make sure that the schools have adequate funding for bilingual education in the areas where it is needed. We spend billions of dollars per year on tax breaks for multi-national corporations. Some of that money could be better spent on the children who are the future of our nation. Without our children being properly educated, we are opening ourselves up to a future where we canít compete in the global marketplace.

There are thousands and even possibly millions of potential leaders and innovators of the future that will never have the chance to contribute if we donít make sure they get the basic fundamental education that they need to realize their potential. Bilingual education is at the heart of creating opportunity for those kids with potential who donít happen to speak English. If we donít make sure they have access to the education they deserve, we are likely only hurting ourselves.


LJ Finstermore - World Citizen | E-mail Comments on this column.

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Bilingual Education: Right of Center View

Many among the conservative ranks are against the concept of bilingual education as a principle and advocate English-only education in our schools. I do not share this particular view. While I tend towards the conservative on immigration issues, I see the anti-bilingual education stance as being short-sighted and limited in its understanding of the future of business around the globe.

While I think that all immigrants need to learn English, I donít think that our kids should not be learning other languages in the classroom. Exposure to languages such as Spanish and Chinese will allow our children to have a leg up on the competition in the global business world of the future. With the emergence of China and Mexico as economic forces in the world and their cultural mistrust of people who donít speak their language, Americans who can speak their language will have an advantage in opening doors to trade that might have gone to others had they not spoken the language.

The global marketplace is not just a catchphrase. It is becoming the new reality in business. World travel is a matter of hours and with the advent of the internet business transactions across continents can be accomplished in seconds. With immigrants from around the world giving us a good number of potentially available teachers for bilingual education language barriers are unnecessary and only serve to disadvantage American business in the future. By having our kids learn things such as math and history in other languages, they will more readily be able to hold normal conversations and conduct business in other languages in the future.

While some may see bilingual education as a watering down of American culture, I see it as investing in future American success. Our culture was built on diversity and the assimilation of the cultures and language of our citizens into the larger American culture. For over 200 years it has made our nation stronger. Walk down the street of any major city in America and you will see business being done in multiple languages side by side and prospering. That model is becoming the global standard for success. Now we have the opportunity to make our nation even stronger by embracing that model more actively giving us a competitive edge in the coming years.

The most successful businesspeople will tell you that the key to success is recognizing opportunity and seizing it. Bilingual education is an opportunity. We can either prosper by seizing it or suffer by ignoring it.

Troy Wilson-Ripsom - Staff Writer | E-mail Comments on this column. | Visit Troy's blog at http://reform-america.blogspot.com | Visit Troy's MySpace page at www.myspace.com/reform_america

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Let's Get It Right This Time
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American Jobs
English Also vs. English Only
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Defining Immigration

Do Elements Within the La Raza Movement Pose a Threat to America?

La Raza means literally ďThe RaceĒ in Spanish. The movement was formed in 1968 to promote the interests of the Mexican-American community. Like the NAACP and other affirmative-action minded organizations, La Raza has many members that are interested in being part of America and promoting equality for all Americans. The fundamental goals as stated by the movement are benign and represent the ideals of American diversity and cultural pride.

There is another movement affiliated with La Raza that has historically been more militant and still maintains documents within their organization that point to isolationistic views Read More

A Plan

The one major thing that seems to be lacking in the immigration debate is a real plan that addresses the legitimate concerns with illegal immigration. There are strong opinions on both sides and a lot of rhetoric but there isnít really any solid plan being promoted to address the illegal immigration issue in a way that is both fair and logical.

So, that being said here is my idea:Read More

Trucking Cross Borders

This is mainly a concern for the trucking business. If we allow these people to come into our country, bringing cargo that we in America have, and can supply, then we are saying that the American working people are not needed, and have lost all say to legally enforced DOT (Department of Transportation) laws.Read More



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