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Letter to the Editor
Agustin Gurza accuses me ("Bilingual Ed: The Truth Behind Test Gains," July 22) of using "statistical sleight of hand" in suggesting that the early Stanford 9 test scores indicate the superiority of English immersion over bilingual education. Gurza is misrepresenting the facts. First, I had emphasized that until the mid-August release of all immigrant test... Read More
Giving school boards total authority over methods means potential for reversal at every local election
If a pending state Senate bill purporting to reform bilingual education becomes law, it could ignite ethnic tensions in California for years to come. The fundamental principle behind the bill, co-sponsored by Sen. Dede Alpert (D-Coronado) and Assemblyman Brooks Firestone (R-Los Olivos), is local control--namely, placing most decisions on language acquisition policy in the hands... Read More
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A system that ensures failure is kept alive by the flow of federal dollars. A 1998 initiative would bring change
As each new microchip and fiber-optic cable shrinks the circumference of our world, more and more Americans recognize the practical importance of bilingualism. Even today, entrepreneurs or employees fluent in Chinese, Japanese or Spanish have a distinct edge over their English-only peers. But if other languages such as Chinese or Spanish are of growing world... Read More
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