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Pros and Cons of Bilingual Education Jason Emerson English 111 Professor McNamara 27 November 2000 Jason Emerson English 111 Professor McNamara 27 November 2000 Pros and Cons of Bilingual Education People in todays society have opposite opinions on how to approach the issue of bilingual education Basically the sides are split on the issue of teaching bilingual education in United States schools There are many excellent points and arguments for each side of the tape Personally I chose to believe that we should keep bilingual education out of the United States because of the high cost to taxpayers This process of teaching foreigners most of them illegal immigrants our language takes a long period of time and consumes a large amount of taxpayer money The topic of bilingual education has many strong points in favor of having this enforced in the United States The first argument I came across was about the affects of bilingual education on the English proficiency of the foreign students According to Stephen Krashen students who were taught in English-as-a-second language ESL classes and through sheltered subject teaching scored higher in standardized testing Krashen 1 To further back the point of higher test scores in California they have a program named STAR which test students in grades two through eight in writing spelling and math The results of students tested that were actively enrolled in bilingual education courses scored remarkably higher than students who werent enrolled in bilingual education Second-grade students who participated in the test averaged nine-percentage point better in reading and 14 points better in math than those non-bilingual students STAR 1 Students who score well on the se tests often have programs designed around student population and their needs RPPI 1 These three arguments strongly push towards pro bilingual education but the opposition may change minds The anti-bilingual arguments I found
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