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Why the Market Can’t Raise Our Children for Us

by Jennifer Roback Morsevia Hoover Digest
Friday, October 30, 1998

Neither the government nor the marketplace is any substitute for mothers and fathers. By Hoover fellow Jennifer Roback Morse.

The Islamic Threat

by John B. Dunlopvia Hoover Digest
Friday, October 30, 1998

The war between Russia and Chechnya has been over for more than a year, but the trouble is far from ended. Hoover fellow John B. Dunlop describes the continuing Islamic threat to Russia’s southern flank.

Bilingual Education: A Critique

by Peter J. Duignanvia Analysis
Tuesday, September 1, 1998

Bilingual education has been a subject of national debate since the 1960s. This essay traces the evolution of that debate from its origin in the Civil Rights Act (1964) and the Bilingual Education Act (1968), which decreed that a child should be instructed in his or her native tongue for a transitional year while she or he learned English but was to transfer to an all-English classroom as fast as possible. These prescriptions were ignored by bilingual enthusiasts; English was neglected, and Spanish language and cultural maintenance became the norm.

Bilingual education was said to be essential for the purposes of gaining a new sense of pride for the Hispanics and to resist Americanization. The Lau v. Nichols (1974) decision stands out as a landmark on the road to bilingual education for those unable to speak English: bilingual education moved away from a transitional year to a multiyear plan to teach children first in their home language, if it was not English, before teaching them in English. This facilitation theory imprisoned Spanish speakers in classrooms where essentially only Spanish was taught, and bilingual education became Spanish cultural maintenance with English limited to thirty minutes a day. The essay discusses the pros and cons of bilingual education.

Criticism of bilingual education has grown as parents and numerous objective analyses have shown it was ineffective, kept students too long in Spanish-only classes, and slowed the learning of English and assimilation into American society. High dropout rates for Latino students, low graduation rates from high schools and colleges have imprisoned Spanish speakers at the bottom of the economic and educational ladder in the United States.

This revolt, the defects of bilingual education, and the changes needed to restore English for the Children are covered in the essay. The implications of Proposition 227 abolishing bilingual education in California are also discussed.

Civic Renewal vs. Moral Renewal

by Don Eberlyvia Policy Review
Tuesday, September 1, 1998

In two recent reports, elite opinion is divided over the proper way to reinvigorate civil society

Numero Uno

by Tyce Palmaffyvia Policy Review
Tuesday, September 1, 1998

El Paso superintendent Anthony Trujillo sets the standard for urban schools

The Madness of the American Family

by Midge Dectervia Policy Review
Tuesday, September 1, 1998

Family doesn’t make you happy. It makes you human

Bawling Alone

by William R. Mattox, Jr. via Policy Review
Tuesday, September 1, 1998

An epidemic of clinical depression can be related to the breakdown of family and the decline of civic virtue

Support Your Local Charter School

by Bruno V. Manno, Chester E. Finn Jr.via Policy Review
Tuesday, September 1, 1998

Civic entrepreneurs will be critical to the success of these fledgling independent public schools

Legends of the Sprawl

by Steven Haywardvia Policy Review
Tuesday, September 1, 1998

Liberals have a new scapegoat for their urban failures: suburban growth

Fast Times at Annandale High

by Chris Caldwellvia Hoover Digest
Thursday, July 30, 1998

The stated goal of President Clinton’s Advisory Board on Race is to heal racial rifts. In practice, it widens them. By Hoover media fellow Christopher Caldwell.

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