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Old 04-01-2007, 11:03 AM   #1
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Default Newt Gingrich wants to abolish bilingual education

Abolish bilingual education, Gingrich urges

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Newt Gingrich equates bilingual education with "language of living in a ghetto"
Former House speaker says election ballots should be in English only
Bilingual teaching advocate calls speech "hateful"
Peter Zamora says immigrants don't resist learning English



WASHINGTON (AP) -- Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich equated bilingual education Saturday with "the language of living in a ghetto" and mocked requirements that ballots be printed in multiple languages.
"The government should quit mandating that various documents be printed in any one of 700 languages depending on who randomly shows up" to vote, said Gingrich, who is considering seeking the Republican presidential nomination in 2008. He made the comments in a speech to the National Federation of Republican Women.
"The American people believe English should be the official language of the government. ... We should replace bilingual education with immersion in English so people learn the common language of the country and they learn the language of prosperity, not the language of living in a ghetto," Gingrich said to cheers from the crowd of more than 100.
"Citizenship requires passing a test on American history in English. If that's true, then we do not have to create ballots in any language except English," he said.
Peter Zamora, co-chair of the Washington-based Hispanic Education Coalition, which supports bilingual education, said, "The tone of his comments were very hateful. Spanish is spoken by many individuals who do not live in the ghetto."
He said research has shown "that bilingual education is the best method of teaching English to non-English speakers."
Spanish-speakers, Zamora said, know they need to learn English.
"There's no resistance to learning English, really, among immigrants, among native-born citizens," he said. "Everyone wants to learn English because it's what you need to thrive in this country."
In the past, Gingrich has supported making English the nation's official language. He's also said all American children should learn English and that other languages should be secondary in schools.
In 1995, for example, he said bilingualism poses "long-term dangers to the fabric of our nation" and that "allowing bilingualism to continue to grow is very dangerous."
Bilingual programs teach students reading, arithmetic and other basic skills in their native language so they do not fall behind while mastering English.
On voting, federal law requires districts with large populations of non-English speakers to print ballots in multiple languages.




So much idiocy. Immigrants DON'T resist learning english? Bilingual education is ghetto?

I'd like to point out that Gingrich is a really good author.

Newt should realize the reason he has to use things like "believe" and "common." Because guess what Newt, we don't have an official language buddy. It's been tried several times, and failed everytime.
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Old 04-01-2007, 11:07 AM   #2
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Default Re: Newt Gingrich wants to abolish bilingual education

this is too Right for my liking.



I do not support total assimilation. I do not support the idea of all the races in America will in many more generations homogenize into one new kind of race. Therefore, I think bilingual education should continue.
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Old 04-01-2007, 01:28 PM   #3
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Default Re: Newt Gingrich wants to abolish bilingual education

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So much idiocy. Immigrants DON'T resist learning english? Bilingual education is ghetto?


I wouldn't say immigrants resist resist speaking English and it's plain out stupid to call any language ghetto but I do know immigrants that have been here since 1980 or before and speak almost no English. You can survive in southern California just fine speaking only Spanish. Where I draw the line is when people actually get pissed at you for not speaking Spanish.
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Old 04-01-2007, 02:35 PM   #4
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Default Re: Newt Gingrich wants to abolish bilingual education

Newt Gingrich wouldn't be saying that if he was an immigrant. Learning a different language isn't exactly easy, and forcing someone to speak a certain language violates our freedom of speech.
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Old 04-01-2007, 02:54 PM   #5
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Default Re: Newt Gingrich wants to abolish bilingual education

Gingrich needs a reality check . While I do support the fact that after a certain amount of time here in America you should be able to speak english.. abolishing programs that help get you to that point is just ignorant. Then again look who we are talking about.
Tell this fool to worry about bigger problems.. education, homeless... unemployment and one of the most jacked up healthcare systems on the planet..
And all he can bring up is abolishing bilingual education. Dude needs to get his head outta his ass.
I hate when they try and move the focus off of the real issues by making everyone fight through segregation.
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Old 04-01-2007, 03:18 PM   #6
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It's hard to believe anybody actually takes this guy seriously, I mean he's a ****in cartoon character, and yet he was once speaker of the house and has millions of supporters
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