Los Angeles Times
Wednesday, July 16, 1997
Letter to the Editor
Re "Campaign Targets Bilingual Education," July 9:
It is good that Ron Unz and Gloria Matta
Tuchman want parents to get their wish in which educational program they
choose for their children. But the verbiage is too extreme and ethnocentric.
Only when parents truly understand the intent of bilingual education can
they make an informed choice. I've taught for 14 years in a bilingual classroom,
and only twice have I seen at my school site any comprehensive meeting
to inform parents of what each educational program offers their children
and the proven research that validates bilingual education, as well as
Every year at parent conference time I make
it a point to tell my parents the reasons their children are in a bilingual
program. They want to know, and deserve to know. You see, I believe in
it. I see it benefit the children academically. The bottom line is to see
that children transition into English.
I'm not saying bilingual education is a panacea.
I do readily acknowledge the need to retool some of the program, but to
outright abolish it is a throwback to the dark ages.
MARIA J. REYNOSO III