Forked Tongue: The Politics of Bilingual Education

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Today children who are not fluent in English―legal and illegal immigrants, refugees, and native born―are the fastest growing portion of our population, accounting for more than half the children in classrooms in many city schools. Bilingual education programs established by federal and state laws have required that such students be taught basic subjects in their native languages rather than in English. Judged by most applicable measures―such as achievement scores and dropout rates―these programs have not been successful.

This edition includes new material on recent efforts to reform bilingual education, on the growing trend across the country toward English language programs, on the latest national research studies, and on the movement to make English the official language of the United States. Forked Tongue is a devastating inside account of how the twenty-eight-year experiment in bilingual education has failed our language-minority children―and why. Rosalie Porter draws on local, state, and international experience to provide us with the first authoritative account of which policies, programs, and practices actually succeed with the children they are intended to serve. Forked Tongue will be of interest to educators, sociologists, and scholars interested in second language acquisition.

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Rosalie Pedalino Porter advises school districts and the U.S. Congress on education policy. She writes for national publications, has lectured widely in the U.S. and other countries, and now resides in Singer Island, Florida and Amherst, Massachusetts. She is the author of Forked Tongue: The Politics of Bilingual Education and Language and Literacy for English Learners: Grades 7-12.

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“Eloquent. . . . By sharing her own experiences, Ms. Porter may succeed in exposing the inanity of current bilingual education policy.”

—Linda Chavez, Wall Street Journal

"[Forked Tongue] is Porter's chronicle of her struggles with parents who demanded one thing and bureaucrats who demanded the opposite. Through it all, she has managed to work toward a vision of integrated schools that is true to her childhood experience of what hurt and what helped."

—Christina Robb, The Boston Globe

“Makes a persuasive case against ethnic empire-building. . . . It suggests that much time and money may have been wasted in classrooms where children were supposed to be learning to read and write English and did not.”

—Andrew Hacker, New York Review of Books

"Porter's criticism of what bilingual education has become is devastating—and will be perilous to ignore." 

—Joan Beck, The Chicago Tribune

"[Porter] writes with skill, verve, insight, compassion, and not a little fury. . . . Forked Tongue is . . . a forthright, surgically precise prescription for the intelligent way (or ways) to help children know the language of their fathers and also master the language of their new land. . . . Forked Tongue has so much in it crying out for quotation that the reviewer can barely stop."

—David Brudnoy, Human Events

"This volume should be read by all bilingual educators in the US."

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"No one who is seriously interested in the education of English-deficient Hispanics and other students can afford to ignore Porter's eye-opening account of how bilingual education in America has failed the very students it purports to serve."

—Richard Estrada, Dallas Morning News

"Written from the heart by someone who experienced firsthand the trials and rewards of adopting a new language with a new land, this is a must-read for an insider's perspective on bilingual education."

—Kathryn Bricker, The Social Contract

"Forked Tongue exposes us to the tragi-comic results of bureaucratic logic applied to a specific aspect of the education system. It is a fearless work, as evidenced by its straightforward way of dealing with the looming question: 'Is the maintenance of family cultures to be a mandated responsibility of the public schools?' The author's refreshingly simple answer: No."

—Allen Randolph, National Review

“Porter dispels many of the myths and misconceptions that infest bilingual education today . . . with sensitivity and insight.”

—Chester E. Finn, Jr., Director, Educational Excellence Network

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