Bilingual Education Debate with Ron Unz and Catherine Snow Askwith Education Forum/Harvard University, October 15, 2001, Educational Forum at Harvard University on Massachusetts English for the Children initiative; debate moderated by Tony Randolph of WBUR, with Ron Unz of English for the Children and Catherine Snow of Harvard University.
Massachusetts Television Debate with John Carroll, Ron Unz, Jarrett Barrios, Kathleen Dawson Greater Boston, WGBH/Boston, July 31, 2001, 11:42 Report on launch of Massachusetts English for the Children initiative; clips of Ron Unz, Jarrett Barrios, Antonio Cabral, Guy Glodis, Mary Guerrero; debate with John Carroll, Ron Unz, Jarrett Barrios, Kathleen Dawson
English for the Children Television Debate with Chet Curtis, Ron Unz, Jarrett Barrios NewsNight, NECN/Boston, July 31, 2001, 17:25 Report on launch of Massachusetts English for the Children initiative; clips of Ron Unz, Diana Romero, Lincoln Tamayo, Jarrett Barrios; debate with Chet Curtis, Ron Unz, Jarrett Barrios.
Bilingual Education Television Debate with Mary Rogeness, Antonio Cabral, and Ron Unz NewsNight, NECN/Boston, May 15, 2001, 20:17 Report on proposed legislation and possible initiative on bilingual education in Massachusetts; clips of Mary Guerrero, Antonio Cabral, Guy Glodis, David Driscoll; debate with Mary Rogeness, Antonio Cabral, Ron Unz.
"Bye Bye Bilingual: Bilingual Education" with Peter Robinson, Ron Unz, and Patricia Gandara Uncommon Knowledge/Hoover Institution, Monday, September 15th, 2008, 26:48 Does bilingual education, teaching non-English speaking students academic subjects in their native language while they learn English, help students or hold them back? Should we use the English immersion method instead? Are the recent... Read More
"Taking the Initiative: The Initiative Process" with Bruce Cain and Ron Unz Uncommon Knowledge/Hoover Institution, December 13, 2000 Is the ballot initiative good or bad for American democracy? Today citizens in twenty-four states have the right to petition their fellow citizens in the law. Initiatives that are approved by voters become law, bypassing the normal... Read More
Proposition 227 Television Report and Debate with Michael Krasny, Ron Unz, and Ruben Rosalez Take Issue, BAY TV, September 25, 2000, 31:33 Report on rising California 2000 test scores following Proposition 227; clips of Pat Stelwagen of Berryessa, Carol Mar of Brooktree; debate moderated by Michael Krasny, with Ron Unz of English for the Children... Read More
Bilingual Education Television Debate with Ron Unz and Brent Wilkes The Edge with Paula Zahn, Fox Network, May 22, 2000, 10:18 Debate on Arizona initiative to dismantle bilingual education; clips of Carla Corral, Ron Unz of English for the Children, Joe Eddie Lopez, Maria Mendoza, Norma Alvarez; debate moderated by Paula Zahn, with Ron Unz... Read More
Proposition 227 Television Debate with Mark Lopez, Stephen Krashen, and Ron Unz ThinkTank, PBS Network, April 13, 2000, 27:00 Report on aftermath of California Proposition 227 initiative to dismantle bilingual education; clips of Richard Riley, Peter Skerry; debate moderated by Ben Wattenberg, with Mark Lopez of Maryland, Stephen Krashen of USC, Ron Unz of English... Read More
"A Level Playing Field - Campaign Finance Reform" with Bruce Cain, Jerry Lubenow, and Ron Unz Uncommon Knowledge/Hoover Institution, December 9, 1999 In 2000, the amount of money spent in political campaigns in the United States may reach three billion dollars. Is that too much? Have our politicians been corrupted by special interests and their... Read More
Proposition 227 Television Debate with Ron Unz and Victor Morales Fox News Sunday, Fox/National, June 7, 1998, 10:20 Debate on victory of California Proposition 227 initiative to dismantle bilingual education, moderated by Tony Snow and Brit Hume, with Ron Unz of English for the Children and Victor Morales of Texas.
Proposition 227 Television Report and Debate, with Ron Unz, Fernando Vega, Holli Thier, and Shelly Spiegel-Coleman KGO/San Francisco, May 31, 1998, 29:14 Report on California Proposition 227 initiative to dismantle bilingual education; clips of Ray Dawley, Ron Unz of English for the Children, Holli Thier; debate moderated by Dan Ashley, Rosie Allen, and Laura Marquez,... Read More
Proposition 227 Television Debate with Ron Unz, Carlos Garcia, Jaime Zapata, and Alice Callaghan Talkback Live, CNN Network, May 29, 1998, 26:44 Debate on California Proposition 227 initiative to dismantle bilingual education, moderated by Bobbie Battista, with Ron Unz of English for the Children, Carlos Garcia of Fresno, Jaime Zapata of NABE, Alice Callaghan of... Read More
Proposition 227 Television Debate, with Ron Unz, Holli Thier, Henry Gradillas, and Shelly Spiegel-Coleman. Week in Review, Century Cable/Los Angeles, May 15, 1998, 28:08 Debate on California Proposition 227 initiative to dismantle bilingual education, moderated by Bill Rosendahl, with Ron Unz of English for the Children, Holli Thier, Henry Gradillas, and Shelly Spiegel-Coleman
Proposition 227 Television Debate, with Ron Unz, Fernando Vega, Mike Honda, and Sarah Garcia Communidad del Valle, KNTV/San Jose, May 10, 1998, 23:00 Debate on California Proposition 227 initiative moderated by Damian Trujillo, with Ron Unz, Fernando Vega of Redwood City, Mike Honda of San Jose, Sarah Garcia of Santa Clara University.
Proposition 227 Television Debate with Ron Unz, Holli, Holli Thier, and Olivia Martinez A Higher Education KCSM/San Mateo, March 18, 1998, 28:28 Debate on California Proposition 227 initiative moderated by Clare Mack, with Ron Unz, Holli Thier, Olivia Martinez.
English for the Children Television Discussion with Ron Unz and Sue Perez Our Town, KTBN/Santa Ana, Thursday, January 29th, 1998, 31:43 Discussion of California initiative to dismantle bilingual education with Sue Perez and Ron Unz of English for the Children
Proposition 227 Television Report and Debate, with Ron Unz and Kelly Hayes-Raitt Sacramento On-Line, Fox40/Sacramento, Friday, December 12th, 1997, 25:28 Report on bilingual education controversy and initiative in California; clips of Luis Carias-Alvarado, Lt. Gov. Gray Davis, Patty Garner; debate moderated by Donna Cordova, with Ron Unz of English for the Children and Kelly Hayes-Raitt.
"Habla English?" with Ron Unz and Joseph Jaramillo Uncommon Knowledge/Hoover Institution, October 23, 1997 Ron Unz, chairman, English for the Children, and Joseph Jaramillo, staff attorney, Mexican American Legal Defense and Education Fund, discuss if bilingual education failed, and if it should be improved or eliminated.
A theoretical physicist by training, Mr. Unz serves as founder and chairman of UNZ.org, a content-archiving website providing free access to many hundreds of thousands of articles from prominent periodicals of the last hundred and fifty years. From 2007 to 2013, he also served as publisher of The American Conservative, a small opinion magazine, and had previously served as chairman of Wall Street Analytics, Inc., a financial services software company which he founded in New York City in 1987. He holds undergraduate and graduate degrees from Harvard University, Cambridge University, and Stanford University, and is a past first-place winner in the Intel/Westinghouse Science Talent Search. He was born in Los Angeles in 1961.
He has long been deeply interested in public policy issues, and his writings on issues of immigration, race, ethnicity, and social policy have appeared in The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, Commentary, The Nation, and numerous other publications.
In 1994, he launched a surprise Republican primary challenge to incumbent Gov. Pete Wilson of California, running on a conservative, pro-immigrant platform against the prevailing political sentiment, and received 34% of the vote. Later that year, he campaigned as a leading opponent of Prop. 187, the anti-immigration initiative, and was a top featured speaker at a 70,000 person pro-immigrant march in Los Angeles, the largest political rally in California history to that date.
In 1997, Mr. Unz began his “English for the Children” initiative campaign to dismantle bilingual education in California. He drafted Prop. 227 and led the campaign to qualify and pass the measure, culminating in a landslide 61% victory in June 1998, effectively eliminating over one-third of America’s bilingual programs. Within less than three years of the new English immersion curriculum, the mean percentile test scores of over a million immigrant students in California rose by an average of 70%. He later organized and led similar initiative campaigns in other states, winning with 63% in the 2000 Arizona vote and a remarkable 68% in the 2002 Massachusetts vote without spending a single dollar on advertising.
After spending most of the 2000s focused on software projects, he has recently become much more active in his public policy writings, most of which had appeared in his own magazine.