Bilingual Education Argument

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Bilingual education has been a controversial topic in the United States for decades. There has been debate among parents, teachers, school staff, lawmakers, and simply the people living in the United States. There are many different opinions on what should be done to address bilingual education.
There are several program models that fit under bilingual education, so it is not as cut and dry as some people may think. Many laws have been created both for and against bilingual education over the years. A great deal of these laws were negative and have significantly impacted students throughout the United States. It has been overlooked how effective bilingual education can be. There are many problems surrounding bilingual education, but many of
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However, this fact will greatly benefit those students. A study done to compare to sets of students, one group in a bilingual classroom and one in a traditional classroom, found that learning in a bilingual environment will improve student’s thinking. The study also found that students in the bilingual classroom had better “cognitive control skills” (Christofells et al). This shows that the effects of bilingual education on the student’s minds are positive overall. Students will gain a lot cognitively and socially through knowing two languages. The culture of the world is more focused on bilingualism than ever. Students will be more likely to get jobs if they are bilingual. Students will also be able to communicate with more people and will gain a greater understanding of the cultures that are represented in the United States. So, not only will bilingualism help with cognitive ability, it will help improve student’s future success rates. This is important because that is the main goal of …show more content…
Bilingual education can be a costly endeavor, especially for schools that have never had a bilingual program before. A study by Christine Rossell, showed that schools with bilingual programs in Texas spent about $400 more per student. However, the actual cost of bilingual education is slightly unclear as other studies find that bilingual education “costs anywhere from $200 to $700 more per pupil than alternative approaches (Peek).” The cost of bilingual education varies depending on many different factors. It may be slightly more costly, but it depends on the resources available, the school, and the students (Cogner 1119). It should be taken into consideration the benefits that the programs have compared to the slightly higher

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