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Editorial: Dual-language benefit

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As Spanish-speaking immigrants from Mexico and Central America have spread across the United States in recent decades, one response has been to lobby local governments to declare English the official language. While that approach may have its place in certain instances, a better method for addressing the language barrier is being examined by Pitt County Schools.

As reported in Wednesday’s Daily Reflector, the school system is conducting a feasibility study on two-way immersion programs beginning in the 2015-16 school year. The programs would provide student instruction in both English and Spanish, alternating between the two. The concept is not new and has been adopted by school systems in several states.

Two-way immersion is among dual language education programs advocated by the Center for Applied Linguistics, which describes the method as teaching students literacy and academic content in English and a partner language.

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Americans are generally speaking

Too lazy to be bi lingual.

I95 wrote:Too lazy to be bi

I95 wrote:
Too lazy to be bi lingual.
So you pick what language so that you put the other 90% in the same boat? Or do you think we should pick two dozen?

Another step

by the education Nazi's to dumb down America. Kids can't read at grade level, high school kids can't read or write and now the "professionals" want to add to at the preschool level through high school. The "professionals" all say is it's because the parents are not supporting them so the "professionals" have to take on the parental responsibilities. There are those immigrants that come to America that demand their children learn English and immerse themselves in America earning their citizenship. Just take a look at the Asian community. Many of them speak 3-4 languages but strive to master English and to top it off.........earn their own way. They are not reliant on entitlement programs...they earn their way and are proud to be in America. This is not about preserving America. This is about converting America into a "diverse" country reliant on the government to "provide" all. English is the language of this nation and should be the required language taught. Foreign languages should continue to be electives available to all IF they so choose.

Instead of dual language, we

Instead of dual language, we should help all who come to the US legally learn English. There is no American dream without learning English.

ltp wrote:Instead of dual

ltp wrote:
Instead of dual language, we should help all who come to the US legally learn English. There is no American dream without learning English.
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