Education: For Learning Or Ethnic Pride?

Parents, Politicians and Pedagogues Battle Over Bilingual Classes

Judy Collins, a mother who lives in Ventura County, Calif., is fighting mad. "They are teaching kids the Pledge of Allegiance in Spanish," she says, of bilingual classes at San Cayetano Elementary School, which her daughter attends. "It's a United States flag," she adds indignantly. "They need to learn that in English."

Collins' exasperation reflects the feelings of millions of Americans on one side of an inflammatory issue: bilingual education in America's public schools. More than 1.3 million students whose primary language is not English are enrolled in federal, state or local study programs that provide instruction in their native tongues....

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