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By James Crawford

A suite of 18 essays addressing the coverage and politics of training English language beginners. topics contain demographic swap and its academic implications, American responses to language variety, public controversies over bilingual schooling, high-stakes trying out and its impression on English language newbies, and the precarious prestige of language rights within the united states.

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Language is the ultimate consensual institution; changing behavior inevitably means changing minds. Few children will want to learn what few adults deem valuable. High-profile Englishonly campaigns such as Proposition 227 (1998), which targeted bilingual education in California, only make matters worse. Until we acknowledge our interest as Americans in fostering bilingualism, by embracing rather than shunning diversity, our country will deserve its reputation as the cemetery of languages. Notes 1.

I fixed it but good’ (Bruni, 1998). This is the Ron Unz we came to know up close and personal during the campaign – cocky, mean-spirited, ideological. I could go on, but the guy isn’t here to defend himself. I will say, however, that it has been frustrating to see Unz portrayed in the press as a sincere advocate for children. Amultimillionaire who cared about helping poor immigrants learn English. A reformer whose claims were taken largely at face value, whose motives were rarely questioned, and whose Far Right political agenda received limited attention.

A few school districts, such as San Francisco and Oakland, are planning resistance. A few others are bending over backward to comply, literally throwing out their Spanishlanguage materials formerly used in bilingual classrooms. Some are looking for loopholes in the English-only mandate as they formulate their implementation plans. And many districts seem to be in denial, waiting for an injunction from a Federal court or at least some direction from the state. Clear guidance may not be forthcoming right away, since the California State Board of Education and Superintendent of Public Instruction Delaine Eastin are fighting over who will have the last word in interpreting the law.

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