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[Susan notes: A good letter: factual and dispassionate. ]

Submitted to TC Palm (Treasure Coast Newspapers, Florida) but not published

To the editor

In an editorial published on December 24, TC Palm

blames “bilingual education and poorly educated

parents” for the reported decline in literacy among

Hispanics in the US. Whatever the cause, it is not

bilingual education. Study after study has

demonstrated that English learners in bilingual

education programs typically acquire English faster

those those in all-English programs. In fact, in the

last year three major studies have appeared in

scientific journals confirming this. Bilingual

education uses the child’s first language in a way

that accelerates English language development.

Stephen Krashen is a member of the Executive Board, National Association for Bilingual Education

Stephen Krashen

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