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[Susan notes: A big 'thank you' for Steve for tracking down these erroneous claims--and rebutting them so handily.]

Published in TC Palm (Treasure Coast Newspapers, Florida)

To the editor

Your Dec. 24 "Thumbs Down" blames "bilingual education and poorly educated parents" for the reported decline in literacy among Hispanics in the United States.

Whatever the cause, it is not bilingual education. Study after study has demonstrated that English learners in bilingual education programs typically acquire English faster than 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

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