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English language learners need help, not an inflexible state mandate

posted Apr 23, 2014, 3:38 PM by Omar Longus   [ updated Apr 23, 2014, 3:39 PM ]
The opinion piece English language learners need help, not an inflexible state mandate examines Massachusetts' 2002 decision to restrict bilingual education and mandate English-only immersion as the official policy for students with limited English, and proposes we reconsider that decision.

Among the many polarizing comments in the comment section for the piece was this post: "Question 2 was not a reaction to any specific education policy, but to the anti-immigrant, English-only sentiment one often sees on these pages. Education policy should not be decided by referendum. All the kids who went to school since this decision, legal or illegal, have been harmed by a policy shaped by attitudes, not informed by research or experience. Each school system should be able to allocate its resources however it best serves all its students, not public prejudice." While many of the points made in the comment can be debating, it raises several interesting points.