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[Susan notes: Good for Steve for nailing the media for spreading the false rumor that immigrants don't learn English.]

Submitted to Los Angeles Times but not published

To the editor

Steve Lopez (“Desperate for Change, but What Kind?“

August 17) states that “parents ought to learn English

and make sure their children do the same,” and

suggests that having said that, we can now “move on.”

Wrong. His statement gives the false impression that

immigrants and their children are not learning

English, and that schools play no role. Unknown to

Lopez is the fact that most immigrants are highly

motivated to learn English and succeed in doing so:

According to the 2000 Census, only 7% of those who

speak another language do not speak English, an

impressive figure when you consider that it includes

new arrivals. Also, schools have been successful in

helping children acquire English. Studies show that

by the time they reach high school, nearly all

children of immigrants speak English well and most

prefer to speak English as their usual language.

Stephen Krashen, Ph.D., Member, Executive Board, National Association of Bilingual Education

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