IN Fillmore, Calif., a farming area 60 miles north of Los Angeles, nearly 100 parents of English-speaking children are embroiled in a dispute with the Fillmore Unified School District over what language will be used to teach their children.
School officials, who are reluctant to isolate Spanish-speaking children, have assigned most students to bilingual classes.
Such countries as Germany, France, Finland and Austria continue to actively contribute to the development of bilingual education in the pre-school environment.
It is considered that such education will be more effective if it is introduced to children at an early age.
This is because children are always willing to discover and learn something new without any barriers or stereotypes.
However, bilingual education is both approved and criticized.It also helps to adapt to learning other languages, developing communication skills and improving language abilities.Education carried out in several languages simultaneously contributes to the development of language skills and memory making a student more flexible, tolerant and open-minded.This means that a student will learn to cope with difficulties better.Nevertheless, some people are against bilingual education for several reasons.Furthermore, bilingual education improves thinking abilities and helps to master the art of analysis.Bilingual educational programs help a person to avoid being faced with a language barrier or misunderstanding.This means that by trying to master several languages at a time, a person fails to gain enough knowledge in both languages.This is a significant drawback of bilingual education.This leads to an assumption than bilingual education is recommended to be introduced in pre-school educational establishments; however, in some cases its introduction in higher educational institutions may bring more harm than benefit.There are more languages than countries in the world and as a result, being able to speak multiple languages can be a serious asset.