The Goal Of Bilingual Education Essay

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“Language is power. If you cannot understand, or be understood you have no power. You are at the mercy of everyone.” - Rudat 1995. Introducing a second language to children throughout their educational careers’ is becoming a new, yet controversial, trend in America. With commodities such as technological advances, urbanization, and international trade, along with the influx of immigrants, there is a higher demand for languages in the workplace as well as public settings.

Ultimately, the goal of bilingual education is to add another language to one’s vocabulary, but also not subtracting from their existing/native language. The history of bilingual education all started with the Bilingual education Act or sometimes commonly called the BEA. It was enacted into law in 1968 by President Lyndon B. Johnson himself, as part of the War on Poverty. This policy expressed U.S. commitment to the needs of the growing number of children in the public schools whose first language was not English. Not much has been done since then by congress to show America’s commitment to implement bilingual education in schools.

“Thousands of children of Latin descent, young Indians, and others will get a better start, a better chance in school. We are now giving every child in America a better chance to touch his outermost limits. We have begun a campaign to unlock the full potential of every boy and girl, regardless of his race, or his religion, or his father’s income.” (Sanchez, 1973)…

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