Archive for November 1st, 2002

1st November

First Published in The New York Sun, November 1, 2002
By Andrew Wolf

In two states next week, voters will take into their own hands the direction of their schools on a critical instructional issue — bilingual education. It’s a shame that it has to come to that. After all, shouldn’t these issues be left in the hands of educators? Maybe so, but the nation’s educators have abdicated leadership in this and many other areas.

Consequently, voters in Colorado and Massachusetts are following in the path of California and Arizona, using the initiative and referendum processes to try to rid themselves of the scourge of bilingual education. And those states are the lucky ones. Here in New York, a state lacking initiative and referendum, we continue to compromise the education of our children. Last week, Richard Rothstein, writing in the New York Times, was critical of educational decisions being made at the polls. He cited the secretary of education, Rod Paige, to maintain that decision-making on bilingual education should only take place at the “point of instruction” — meaning at the school and teacher level. (more…)