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What happened to bilingual education?

from By Patrick Gleeson

From Sept. 5: Discussions of the benefits of a bilingual education often emphasize how it improves critical thinking, encourages a wider understanding of others and develops unique problem-solving skills. These are all true, but perhaps the most important aspect for many parents is that bilingually educated children make more money in adulthood. But that being so, why is bilingual education reserved primarily for students who come from money? If bilingual educations aren't distributed evenly across the economic spectrum in this country, one of the reasons is that, historically, many Americans have been somewhat suspicious of teaching their children a foreign language. more

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