For example, in Alamo Heights, Texas, two middle-school students — one Anglo and one Hispanic — in the school district’s dual-language immersion program competed Saturday for the top title in their region’s first-ever Spanish spelling bee.
They didn’t get there due to luck or unusual ability. They were simply immersed in their target language and given appropriate supports and great teachers.
If all English learners had these three luxuries, we certainly wouldn’t accept segregating them into educational communities practically designed to keep them dependent on their native tongue.
Esther J. Cepeda is a columnist for the Washington Post Writers Group. She can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.