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Bilingual Education

This State May Overturn Its Bilingual Education Ban

The Huffington Post | Lydia O'Connor | Posted 02.24.2014 | Latino Voices

A law banning most bilingual education in California schools may be overturned by a new bill, restoring efforts to address language barriers in a stat...

In Defense of French

Zack Simon | Posted 04.08.2014 | Education
Zack Simon

While political leaders in some U.S. states continue to bicker about whether creationism should be taught alongside evolution in science classes, 61 percent of children in Europe are currently learning two or more languages in school.

Why You Shouldn't Be Afraid To Speak Spanish In School

VOXXI | John Benson | Posted 12.12.2013 | Latino Voices

If you’re a Spanish speaking student the ACLU has a message for you: You shouldn’t be afraid to speak Spanish in school. A Texas middle school pr...

Second Language Acquisition By The Numbers (INFOGRAPHIC)

Posted 12.06.2013 | Parents

Mounting evidence suggests that learning a second language can be the key to a student's success, supporting everything form increased cognitive funct...

Dual-Language Learning For All Students Is Visionary

Tucson Citizen | Posted 12.03.2013 | Latino Voices

Being visionary didn’t work for Arizona. Being reactionary was a bust, too. It’s time to apply some hard-nosed realism to the fact that our sch...

The Downside Of Bilingualism?

Milwaukee Wisconsin Journal Sentinel | Esther J. Cepeda | Posted 11.11.2013 | Latino Voices

Activist and educator Matthew Lynch recently asked if language barriers are the “new segregation.” He challenged readers of an Education Week blog...

Of Arianna, Languages, and Cultural Understanding

Michael Elchik | Posted 01.23.2014 | Impact
Michael Elchik

For those of us beyond our school years, exposure can occur anytime, anywhere and in a variety of different ways from reading a news article to following a Twitter stream to practicing a language to visiting a foreign country.

I Speak, Therefore I Am

Arzu Kaya Uranli | Posted 01.23.2014 | Women
Arzu Kaya Uranli

When I had my children, I promised myself I would raise them to be bilingual so they would not feel like immigrants in the U.S,, while at the same time, not feel like tourists in Turkey.

Should Bi-Lingual Learning be Required?

Matthew Lynch, Ed.D. | Posted 12.22.2013 | Impact
Matthew Lynch, Ed.D.

This generation of K-12 students is growing up in a society that is increasingly bilingual. Foreign language requirements have long been a core requir...

INFOGRAPHIC: The Benefits Of Bilingual Education

VOXXI | John Benson | Posted 10.05.2013 | Latino Voices

Hispanic Heritage Month provides the perfect opportunity to explore how bilingual education positively or negatively affect our children. Despite s...

Your Mind on Language: How Bilingualism Boosts Your Brain

Dan Roitman | Posted 11.11.2013 | Business
Dan Roitman

From the moment sound waves enter your ear and become neural impulses, your brain executes this rapid-fire series of events that few of us are ever aware of, but without which we'd be unable to communicate.

An Entrepreneurial Insight Into Language Education: Lessons From Sarah Farzam

Steve Mariotti | Posted 10.27.2013 | Business
Steve Mariotti

Sarah first got the idea for Bilingual Birdies while hanging out with her two nieces in a West Village park. She was struck by the number of mothers, babies and nannies speaking a variety of languages around her.

Why It Makes More Sense Than You Know to Learn a Second Language

Dan Roitman | Posted 08.13.2013 | Business
Dan Roitman

As a language learner, you'll not only become a more conscious thinker and listener who can communicate clearly and think creatively, but you'll also gain the most significant benefit of multilingualism: a broader, more global perspective.

The Skill That Every Teen Should Have

Abi Hunter | Posted 07.23.2013 | Teen
Abi Hunter

I could not be patriotic in a country where people from varied backgrounds are expected to eschew their culture and language. That's not the country that I believe in.

Decision On Arizona's English Programs Appealed

The Arizona Republic | Anne Ryman | Posted 04.26.2013 | Latino Voices

A 21-year-old lawsuit over the education of Arizona students who are learning English isn’t over yet. Last month’s federal court decision that ...

Supporting Schools to Improve the Educational Outcomes of Emergent Bilinguals

Vanessa Perez | Posted 06.18.2013 | Latino Voices
Vanessa Perez

There is a shift across all levels of bilingual education -- state-wide, district-wide and school-wide -- to view the home language as vital for the academic development of bilingual students.

How Bilingual Brains Think Outside the Boxe(s)

Ben Thomas | Posted 05.25.2013 | Science
Ben Thomas

The more complex a task was, the more strongly the bilingual kids out-scored their monolingual counterparts.

50 Students, 1 Teacher: Illinois' Tough Bilingual Preschool Reality

Sylvia Puente | Posted 12.03.2012 | Latino Voices
Sylvia Puente

As Latino and ELL students all too often fall into this at-risk category, the way forward is clear: Preschool drives students' success in school, in work, and in life

English Only! Part 2

Cheech Marin | Posted 10.29.2012 | Latino Voices
Cheech Marin

Ok, Let's pretend that the Latino population explosion is not going to happen (heh, heh, heh, at least try it) and go back to the "English Only" issue. If this is the situation, then we are going to have to re-name most of our states.

Illinois Gov. Signs Law To Strengthen Bilingual Programs

Carolina Moreno | Posted 08.21.2012 | Latino Voices

Earlier this month, Governor Pat Quinn of Illinois signed new legislation designed to strengthen the state's bilingual education programs into law. ...

Should States Be Sued for Providing Low-Quality Schools?

Sam Chaltain | Posted 09.12.2012 | Education
Sam Chaltain

How's this for a summer blockbuster -- the American Civil Liberties Union is suing the state of Michigan for violating the "right to learn" of its children, a right guaranteed under an obscure state law.

The Bully in Us

Adam Kirk Edgerton | Posted 09.10.2012 | Education
Adam Kirk Edgerton

The unfortunate truth is that bullying is a cornerstone of human nature. Whether it's a product of evolution, genetics or society is beyond me to say, but its prevalence suggests that there is a bully in all of us.

Transforming Schools to Match the Needs of a Minority-Majority Nation

Sam Chaltain | Posted 08.01.2012 | Education
Sam Chaltain

Brain-based research is starting to demonstrate that the benefits of being bilingual go a lot deeper than knowing another language. And the schools -- and states -- that are ahead of the curve are acting accordingly.

Conditions Are Perfect For Bilingual Education - So Why Is It In Decline?

Stephen Palacios | Posted 06.15.2012 | Latino Voices
Stephen Palacios

The global economy benefits from a labor force that can transact business in more than one language, which would seem to reinforce the need for bilingual education. While English is the lingua franca of today's global economy, it is hard to argue that knowing another language is a disadvantage in today's (or tomorrow's) market.

Student Punished For Using Native Tongue, Receives Apology From School, Diocese

The Huffington Post | Laura Hibbard | Posted 03.03.2012 | Education

The Sacred Heart Catholic School and the Diocese of Green Bay are issuing apologies to 12-year-old Miranda Washinawatok of Wisconsin. The teen was bar...