Bilingual Education:
I chose Bilingual Education because I am interested in how students who, English is a second language to, learn English and how they fare in school. I also think that Bilingual Education is a better option than total English Immersion programs. Bilingual Education is where schools work in two different languages. Total Immersion programs are where students are taught English in English. Most schools with bilingual programs focus on nonnative English speakers, but there are also international schools where English speakers learn other languages. I will be focusing on the bilingual education that deals with nonnative English speakers, or English Language Learners.

Five Most Important Things I Learned:
1. English Language Learners need to be given extra help in the classroom, to keep from staying behind and being wrongly placed in special education classes.
2. The conflict about Bilingual Education comes from those who believe in total immersion programs being the best way to teach English, and those who believe students should be taught English using the help of their native language in Bilingual programs.
3. Teaching English in English causes kids to fall behind, while using their native language helps encourage growth in both languages.
4. With our rise in immigrants, the USA needs better bilingual education programs as current ones are not nurturing student's potential,
5.The No Child Left Behind Act makes ELL students take standardized tests in English, which they will preform poorly on just because they don't understand the language.

Resources:

1.
If you can only view one element of my Wiki page, you should watch this video, because it makes toy want to do something about Bilingual Education. I love the quote they used from Grand Chief Mike Mitchel: "What would happen to the Creator's law if the robin couldn't sing its song anymore? We would feel very bad: We would understand that something snapped in nature's law. What would happen if you saw a robin and you heard a different song, if it was singing the song of the sea gull? You would say, "Robin, that's not your language; that's not your song." To me this sums up what schools try to do when they want kids to shun their native language and learn English. I found this video on You tube.However when I searched teacher tube I found the same video again. This is a video that someone made to support bilingual education. It does a good job of showing why bilingual education is needed for nonnative English speakers. I give this video five stars because it is very interesting and motivational, and does a good job at portraying bilingual education in a way that makes you want to do something.

2. Here is another video I found on you tube. It talks about the history of bilingual education and why it was developed. I give this video 4 out five stars because it has good information and provides some background info on bilingual education, but it can be a bit boring.



3.
This power point from slide share.net gives an overview of bilingual education. It is very useful because it explains the pros, cons, types of bilingual education, and support for it. I give it a four out of five stars because the content is excellent, it is just a little long and boring due to the length.I think it is a good document to read to get a better grasp of what Bilingual Education is.

4.
Here is another video from You tube. It is a video made to discuss whether Bilingual Education is important or not. It provides information that supports bilingual education. Videos like this one, shows how some people are concerned about the needs of English Language Learners and others simply aren't. I give it a four out of five stars because it is a bit long, but it has some good information. It helps reiterate why Bilingual education is important.

5.
This video from You tube talks about Bilingual Education's start in America. It was interesting to learn that the first bilingual education program was designed for German speakers. It also talks about how Bilingual education has involved into what it has become today, and how schools have funding to provide help to ELL students. I give it a five out of five stars because it is short but filled with good information.

6.
This is a very interesting video I found on You tube. It gives you a glimpse of what a day in a dual language kindergarten is like. This kindergarten has a Spanish teacher and an English teacher. The students are split into their dominant language but they learn both languages as all math is taught in English and all science is taught in Spanish. They also have bilingual buddies to help them learn the language, and learn the both languages throughout the day. I give this video a four out of five stars. It was really interesting and I liked to see how bilingual classrooms work, the only thing is at nine minutes it is very long, but besides that I really enjoyed this video.

7.
Here is a link to a website I found through Google, Rethinking Schools Online. I put a link to this page because I found that the article entitled Bilingual Education Is a Human and Civil Right was very interesting. It talks about how it took us 70 years to get rid of laws that prohibited Native Americans from learning their native language in schools. Now we are once again preventing English Language Learners from learning effectively in school. I give it a five out of five because it is a good length and talks about why bilingual education is a right that kids should have; overall it was interesting.
Link: http://www.rethinkingschools.org/special_reports/bilingual/Bili172.shtml

8.
Here is a website that I found through Delicious.org. This website is the National Association for Bilingual Education. NABE's mission is to advocate for ELL and bilingual families to have a multicultural and multilingual society. The website has articles that talk about Bilingual Education and is a place that you can go to find what is currently happening in the battle for Bilingual Education. It is a good place for those who are interested in fighting for Bilingual education to find others with similar interests. I give the site a five out of five stars because it has a lot of information to explore and is a good place to find out what is happening in the world of Bilingual Education.
Link: http://www.nabe.org/