With all due respect, I believe that the so called ''bi-lingual education'' in
this country is one of the biggest frauds going on regarding education today.
When I first came to this country at the age of ten, thirty five years ago, I
spoke NOT one word of English. My mother, an engineer, was busy at her job and
from the first day I arrived I stayed by myself in a small apartment we were
renting. I had nothing to do all day but read a few books (in spanish) and watch
TV. which I happily did. I was fluent in english within 3 month of my arrival
and I learned to speak the language by simply listening and watching T.V...
It is absolutely incredible that anyone would consider that children have to be
''taught'' a language when children are so natural with their ability to do so
on their own. If anything this so called ''education'' only serves to set them
apart from other children and to make them feel more insecure regarding their
ability to integrate. I think that the only people who need bi-lingual training
are people over certain age who may arrive here from forein countries and who
may want to learn a new language. Children can learn foreign languages within
weeks, literally, I have seen it happening.
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