The Unz Review • An Alternative Media Selection$
A Collection of Interesting, Important, and Controversial Perspectives Largely Excluded from the American Mainstream Media
 BlogviewRon Unz Archive
Not with a Bang
Email This Page to Someone

 Remember My Information



=>

Bookmark Toggle AllToCAdd to LibraryRemove from Library • B
Show CommentNext New CommentNext New ReplyRead More
ReplyAgree/Disagree/Etc. More... This Commenter This Thread Hide Thread Display All Comments
AgreeDisagreeThanksLOLTroll
These buttons register your public Agreement, Disagreement, Thanks, LOL, or Troll with the selected comment. They are ONLY available to recent, frequent commenters who have saved their Name+Email using the 'Remember My Information' checkbox, and may also ONLY be used three times during any eight hour period.
Ignore Commenter Follow Commenter
Search Text Case Sensitive  Exact Words  Include Comments
List of Bookmarks

Yesterday morning’s San Jose Mercury News (Sharon Noguchi, March 20, 2009) carried a very rare report on the topic of “bilingual education.”

Apparently, a decision has been made to reduce and perhaps eventually close one of the last remaining “bilingual” public school programs in Northern California, provoking sufficient public controversy as to reach the newspapers.

The program in question—Mount Pleasant’s Proyecto Alegria—is hardly enormous, containing just 240 students, of whom merely a fraction are native Spanish-speakers. But, as is invariably the case, the English-speaking parents involved are a very enthusiastic even fanatical lot, and are outraged over the school board’s vote to eliminate their program, a cost-reduction measured aimed at saving \$80,000 per year.

Superintendent George Perez, himself a former bilingual teacher, dismissed the parental complaints as being completely unreasonable given the very difficult budgetary pressures facing all schools in California. He also pointed out that teaching Spanish was anyway not the purpose of the public schools, given that a decade earlier “a law was passed that we teach in English.”

 

In a somewhat related matter, VDare.com Editor Peter Brimelow recently published a rather long and hard-hitting denuciation of the worthlessness of America’s “Conservative Movement”, prompted by his attendance at the annual CPAC Convention. Among other charges, he correctly pointed out that the Republican Party “ran away” each of the times the voters of California passed “National Question” ballot measures against illegal immigration, affirmative action, and bilingual education.

In the case of the last of these, Mr. Brimelow felt compelled to explain what “bilingual education” actually meant, presumably for fear that the younger anti-immigration activists visiting VDare.com would otherwise have absolutely no idea what he was talking about…

The complete impossibility of ever actually eliminating a major government program is a well-known conservative talking-point, endlessly repeated by frequently discouraged activists and by frequently defensive elected officials…

 
• Category: Race/Ethnicity • Tags: Bilingual Education 
Current Commenter
says:

Leave a Reply - Comments on articles more than two weeks old will be judged much more strictly on quality and tone


 Remember My InformationWhy?
 Email Replies to my Comment
$
Submitted comments have been licensed to The Unz Review and may be republished elsewhere at the sole discretion of the latter
Commenting Disabled While in Translation Mode
Subscribe to This Comment Thread via RSS Subscribe to All Ron Unz Comments via RSS
Personal Classics
Analyzing the History of a Controversial Movement
The Surprising Elements of Talmudic Judaism
The Shaping Event of Our Modern World
The unspoken statistical reality of urban crime over the last quarter century.
What Was John McCain's True Wartime Record in Vietnam?