Picture of the Day China Daily, an English-language newspaper published in Beijing, recently reported that more than million Chinese are studying English. Because English is the official language of 63 countries. More than 80 percent of all technological information is published in English and it is the language of almost all software source codes. China is not unique.
In fact, some of it could be due to "de facto" bilingual education, the superior education in the primary language that more advantaged children tend to have. An article appearing in the Los Angeles Times on January 13, added to the confusion. The article itself was reasonably well balanced.
Interviews were conducted in the Los Angeles Unified School District, and the Times reporter concluded that children were picking up "verbal English at a surprising rate" but also reported that there were concerns that children were falling behind in their studies; many teachers were questioning "whether most of the youngsters have acquired the language skills necessary to comprehend math, reading or history lessons in English.
Other teachers said that they had to "water down" core subjects. This report was not a true evaluation.
It was based on only 13 interviews and no test scores or any other kind of statistics were reported. Further, the Times reporter did not point out that children typically pick up conversational English with any kind of program, even with no special help: The challenge is to help them develop what Cummins calls "academic language," the language of school.
Nevertheless, the headline of the article proclaimed: Unfortunately, these are not isolated examples of sloppy reporting see Krashen, for more examples.
Glenn also presents an inappropriate comparison: There are a lot of problem with this comparison, as we document elsewhere Krashen and Crawford, First, it appears that the groups compared may be quite different: Clearly, Delaware has a lower percentage of LEP Hispanic students, which suggests that the groups differ in other important ways.
Second, we may actually be comparing bilingual education with bilingual education.
Even though bilingual education is officially banned in Delaware, this ban is not enforced see Crawford,p. There appears to be plenty of bilingual education in Delaware. Third, we have no description at all of what kind of bilingual education was done in either state. Finally, Hispanics in Massachusetts actually scored higher than Hispanics in Delaware on the NAEP reading exam, both in toa small difference, not "notable," as Glenn points out and a larger difference, to Glenn notes that the gap between Hispanics and non-Hispanic whites was larger in Massachusetts than in Delaware.
This was true inbut not in In the difference between non-Hispanic whites and Hispanics was larger in Delaware than in Massachusetts. The California version was this: Bilingual education has failed because " The figure referred to is the percentage of limited English proficient children who are reclassified as English proficient each year.
The precise percentage was 6. To be reclassified means to reach a high enough level of English literacy to be considered fully English proficient. Calling this a "failure rate" is inaccurate and misleading. The six percent figure does not represent the success of bilingual education.
The California figure was based on all limited English children in California, not just those in bilingual education.
This is, in other words, a study with no clear experimental group and no clear control group. It is counter to all scientific practice. It also needs to be pointed out that reclassification is not easy to do: Many limited English proficient students are doing challenging academic study in English well before official reclassification.
Is bilingual education responsible for dropouts? The circumstantial argument is this: Hispanic students have a large dropout rate.
Hispanic students are the biggest customer of bilingual education programs. Therefore bilingual education causes dropouts. Only a small percentage of Hispanic students are enrolled in bilingual education:An Argument in Favor of Bilingual Education in the United States ( words, 2 pages) America has never designated an official language because there is a common assumption that we have been an essentially monolingual nation.
Bilingualism in the United States Bilingual education was eradicated throughout the United States.
Interest in the study of foreign languages declined dramatically. February 14, 4 bilingual education, however, there was not a state mandate to do so.
The article “Bilingual Education Does Not Work” by Liz Peek, The Fiscal Times lays out reasons why bilingual education is not helpful or beneficial. She talks about how expensive it is to implicate, how important English is in the world, how it would put teachers at risk, and provides.
The Importance of Bilingual Education. March 25, Today, in the United States, a majority of students in our schools are students of color. But only 18% of our teachers are teachers of color. We have to do more to ensure diversity amongst our .
Bilingual education is a classic example of an experiment that was begun with the best of humanitarian intentions but has turned out to be terribly wrongheaded.
English October 22, Bilingual Education The United States is a diverse country of many different races and languages.
Even though many languages are spoken in the United States, English is the preferred language in the United States.