So, Ron Unz has arrived in Colorado, and he’s going to make me vote in November about the future of bilingual education in my state.
Here’s the deal: I’m a 28-year-old white guy. I don’t know anything about the best way to teach young children English while keeping them up with other subjects. Add to that the fact that Colorado has a large population of individuals whose lives this program would directly impact. I feel that I am wholly unqualified to render a decision on this matter. I need the guiding light of the SDMB to set me straight. Help me Dopers; you’re my only hope.
I’ve read this thread, but it seemed to devolve into a cite-fight between Kimstu and december. I’d prefer that not happen to this thread. The impression I get is that there is no one good way to educate all children, and that educational method decisions should be made on an individual basis. Surprise, surprise.
Unfortunately, Colorado isn’t going to let me mandate individually-determined instruction for all children. They are, however, going to make me say yes or no on this: http://www.onenation.org/article.cfm?ID=4270
What I would like to see are discussions about the effect eliminating (or severely curtailing) bilingual education has had on other states that have done it. California, I’m looking at you, here. Also, opinions of parents of students going through, or graduated from bilingual education programs, or of the kids themselves, would be good. And finally, whether this measure is a step in the right direction, or a cutting blow that will keep our kids from making it in this country.
BTW, I’d also like to avoid having to read posts about whether English is the official language of the U.S. (it’s not), about how forms and signs printed in Spanish or Hungarian or whatever are draining the public coffers, about illegal immigration, or racially motivated snipes. These are kids we’re talking about, and I’d like to do right by them come November. Dopers, what say you? Yay or nay?