Monday, December 14, 2009

"Hispanic test scores have risen since Prop. 227"

The Bilingual Ban That Worked
by Heather Mac Donald
from City Journal (

In 1998, Californians voted to pass Proposition 227, the “English for the Children Act,” and dismantle the state’s bilingual-education industry. The results, according to California’s education establishment, were not supposed to look like this: button-cute Hispanic pupils at a Santa Ana elementary school boasting about their English skills to a visitor. Those same pupils cheerfully calling out to their principal on their way to lunch: “Hi, Miss Champion!” A statewide increase in English proficiency among all Hispanic students.

Instead, warned legions of educrats, eliminating bilingual education in California would demoralize Hispanic students and widen the achievement gap. Unless Hispanic children were taught in Spanish, the bilingual advocates moaned, they would be unable to learn English or to succeed in other academic subjects.

California’s electorate has been proved right: Hispanic test scores on a range of subjects have risen since Prop. 227 became law. But while the curtailment of California’s bilingual-education industry has removed a significant barrier to Hispanic assimilation, the persistence of a Hispanic academic underclass suggests the need for further reform...

The rest of the article here.


Oil in Iraq: "U.S. firms bowed out of the most recent bidding"

"Baghdad Hails Oil Auction as Success: Shell, Lukoil, Other Companies Pledge to Vastly Increase Nation's Output Despite Hurdles"

Again the question arises: If, as I've been repeatedly told by my progressive friends, the war in Iraq was/is "all about oil," why aren't US oil companies getting any of the contracts?
Christopher Hitchens on oil in Iraq

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