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Bilingual Education Quote of the Week

RonaldReagan2I’ve decided that each week I am going to dig into all of my books and articles and post a quote of the week about bilingual education. Some of the quotes will be positive, and some of the quotes will be negative. Ronald Reagan was quoted in the New York Times on March 3, 1981 as having said:

It is absolutely wrong and against the American concept to have a bilingual education program that is now openly, admittedly, dedicated to preserving their native language and never getting them adequate in English so they can go out into the job market.

The American concept? “Getting them adequate in English”? Hahaha. Am I the only person who sees the irony in Reagan’s statement? He’s got a lot of nerve criticizing bilingual education programs for not developing proficiency in English when he is unable to even articulate a basic sentence himself!

Categories: Bilingual Education
  1. Kingpin
    June 30, 2009 at 9:38 pm

    Very nice writing. I really enjoyed your digs. Keep up the good work.

  2. Sarah
    March 30, 2010 at 11:54 am

    Many people think that by keeping our first language we won’t learn “proper” English and that when we have to apply for jobs we won’t have the proficiency we need. However, many countries teach children 2 or 3 languages when they are young, and they do just fine. Also, many people who only speak English, still don’t know how to write or read well. So the lack of grammar and writing skills has nothing to do with being bilingual

  3. multilingualmania
    March 30, 2010 at 9:03 pm

    Yes, Sarah, absolutely! I completely agree!

  4. Boris the Spider
    April 6, 2010 at 6:34 am

    Rubbish. The bi-lingual education systems in place usually mean Spanish education. In Orange County, Fl, a group of Hispanics are suing the county because they’re too lazy to teach their kids English and want the school system to do it for them. Ridiculous.

    • Sarah
      April 15, 2010 at 4:11 pm

      I went to school in orange county.. and I took french, my friends took latin and chinese. Spanish is not the only language that is taught.

  5. multilingualmania
    April 6, 2010 at 6:43 am

    That’s a big assumption to make, without knowing the parents and children. Besides, is there a problem with Spanish?

  6. adriana martinez
    April 15, 2010 at 5:26 pm

    I do not agree being able to speak two languages is a gift! i strongly disagree.

    • multilingualmania
      April 15, 2010 at 6:26 pm

      Why someone would think that being proficient in two or more languages is not a gift is beyond my comprehension, but hey, to each his/her own.

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