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.



At 5:09 PM, Anonymous Reg Reader said...

Rob - can you please put monthly archives (or at least an "older posts" button) on the site? It's almost impossible to find older posts unless I know the exact headline. Thanks!

At 1:50 PM, Blogger Rob Anderson said...

No, I don't know how to do that. My blog has a search engine that works pretty well if you have a name or a topic to help it find what you want. And you can click on the topics listed at the bottom of every post for more posts on specific issues.


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