Bilingual is Better

“English Only” Laws Divide and Demean by Warren J. Blumenfeld on The Huffington Post — One of my favorite reads this week. Warren, and associate professor at Iowa State University’s School of Education, writes clearly and convincingly about why “English Only” laws should not exist.

Can Bilingualism Help With Rescuing Children From Poverty from Science 2.0 — A study has found that children with low socioeconomic backgrounds who are raised bilingual have better cognitive skills than their monolingual peers. An extremely interesting read.

A Spanish course for native speakers from The Boston Globe — If only this had been available when I was in high school. Kudos to the teacher who proposed it and the students who are attending it. More schools should follow suit.

Belvidere kindergartners excel in dual language program from Rockford Register Star — I love to find out that more and more schools are realizing the benefits of dual language immersion programs. Here’s another success story!

Hablen inglés… por favor from The Economist — Interesting article on what would happen to Spanish if Puerto Rico were to become the 51st state of the Union. Do you think it would go away?

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