Bilingual Education : The United States Essay

762 Words Jan 22nd, 2016 4 Pages
The sixties in America was a time for significantly shaping the current nation into what it is today. Through the good and the bad, and many hardships, America became a melting pot and grew tremendously with immigrant population. Many of the immigrants lacked the ability to speak English, so the war on bilingual education began. Bilingual education is defined as teaching students in both English and their native language. In 1968, the Bilingual Education Act, which recognized and offered education to students who were lacking English, was passed. Currently, bilingual education is a controversial topic. While keeping bilingual education in American public schools, the citizens of the nation are affected with cultural homogeneity, student education, federal spending, and child development.
Bilingual education serves as a welcome to foreigners into America. Peter Duigan, an author on immigration books believes, “Immigration has made and remade this country. Not only do immigrants not harm America, but they have benefited it” (Duigan 5). The colonists were not the first people in this country, therefore, Duigan believes immigrants should be able to learn their origin while participating in American life. On the other hand, Arlene Jones, a columnist for the Austin Weekly News, disagrees and believes immigrants should not be treated more fairly than other citizens, when the people could be illegal (Jones 3). She questions why foreigners are able to learn two languages, while…

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