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Should bilingual education be revised We live in a country where immigrants are prevalent and they have come here from all over the world it makes sense that our government would want to accommodate them and their needs particularly when dealing with their offspring Bilingual education was created with their needs in mind to help immigrant children to be able to learn and understand English a lot faster Many people disagree as to how the program should function and many feel that its not much help at all As with most issues there are two sides to every story and this one is no exception on one side there are people who praise bilingual education as being essential in helping children of immigrants to become fluent in English while on the other side there are those that consider bilingual education a dismal failure and deem it unnecessary If bilingual education is a failure in accomplishing its intended purpose which was to help immigrant children learn English by teaching them in their native language then does the program need to be revised in order to benefit the children it was designed to help On those who oppose bilingual education Linda Chavez reasons why Latinos should oppose bilingual education she states Nationwide about 35 million public school students dont know English well enough to succeed in a regular classroom Some school districts must accommodate children from 60 or more language groups many who are five or six years old and entering school for the first time others are older and may or may not have attended school in their homeland In the early twentieth century such children would have been expected to learn English without much special help sinking or swimming on their own Of course millions of children did learn this way but many others failed falling further behind each year or dropping out of school
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