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What does it mean to be a true American This question has been asked many times when it comes to the topic of immigration Americanization in itself is a mysterious aspect of our society In the world today everyone has his or her own identity but not everyone is accepted or considered American because he or she might stray from the American way If the term un-American means someone who does not have the characteristics of or who is not constant with American customs principles or traditions then how do we define an American The controversy has interested many in the past 20 years If a native born American is not consistent with American customs principles or traditions can we then call that person un-American even if he or she was born in the USA And who defines American customs and traditions These are all questions that many tried to answer and that many theories are created about So what is the definition of AmericanizationThe first article published in The Clearing House magazine in January 1999 by ED Hirsch Jr called Americanization and the Schools talks about the Americanization of children This article looks at the negative aspects of bilingual education of children ED Hirsch Jr talks about how bilingual education is only hurting the children and in effect is hurting the rest of the country He calls the children victims of curricular incoherence Also the article states that the parents are just as much to blame as the schools The article basically tries to deliver the message that Americanization is badly needed in our country todayThe second article published in the National Review on September 2 1996 called Anti-Americanization by John D Fonte talks about the need for Americanization but from a different point of view Here the article only states what actions have been taken by the US government under the Clinton administration to encourage bilingual education and to downplay assimilation Also John
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