Certain aspects of bilingual education, especially during its inception, were deemed to be undesirable by its opponents in America. Its integration in schools was characterized by efforts to assimilate students from the mainstream and the minority into the society by allowing kids to learn in their native language for 3 years. Even though it is important for children to learn their native language in their early stages of education, their separation into different classrooms and teachers based on language for three years was viewed as an unnecessary move that could widen the social gap existing between the mainstream culture and the immigrants.
Moreover, the immigrant children who were expected to learn in their native language for the first three years would be hindered from adjusting to the new culture. Generally, a uniform language of instruction in schools has been found to promote student retention in schools. Moreover, the costs involved in providing bilingual education are unnecessary, and the funds can be used for other projects that enhance learning. The dependence of students on their native language reduces their proficiency on international languages such as English, which have become globalized through international organizations such as the United Nations, World Trade Organization and World Health Organization among others.
The English language is widely used and students would benefit from proficiency in the language rather than overreliance on the native language that might not be in use beyond their community. In other words, opponents argue that bilingual education yields professionals are equipped to work in their communities due to the high dependence on their native language. Even though they understand English or other foreign languages, they may not be fully equipped to work in foreign environments since they take it as a trivial language.
This indicates the need to study in a monolingual educational setting where the language of instruction is that which has been proved to have an international outlook such as English.
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