Bilingual Education Under Fire

American Voiceseducation ISSUE 33•23 Jun 17, 1998

On June 2, California voters overwhelmingly passed Proposition 227, a measure eliminating bilingual education programs for millions of Spanish-speaking immigrants. What do you think?

  • “We don't need bilingual education. We just need to speak louder and slower, and finish all sentences with, 'Comprend√©?'"

    Richard Moore –
    Systems Analyst

  • “I am in favor of bilingual education, as long as the two languages are Choctaw and BASIC.”

    Peter Amos –
    Graphic Designer

  • “My great-grandfather arrived in America in 1903, and I can assure you, he did not speak Spanish.”

    Christine Falcone –
    Civil Engineer

  • “This problem is even worse in Mexico: Almost nobody speaks English over there.”

    Marisa Schone –
    Legal Secretary

  • “It is vital that Spanish-speaking immigrants learn English. How else are they supposed to understand how I want my hedges clipped?" ”

    Oliver Kittridge –
    Lawyer

  • “I've been living here on El Camino Drive in Santa Cruz for nearly 30 years, and, thank goodness, I've never had to speak a word of Spanish.”

    Stockbroker –
    Eddie Wuhl

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