Archive for June 27th, 2003

27th June

First Published in The New York Sun, June 27, 2003

By Andrew Wolf

If ever there was a clear indication that Mayor Bloomberg’s stewardship of our school system represents nothing more than a rearrangement of the deck chairs on a sinking ship, it was Tuesday’s announcement of the “reform” of the city’s bilingual program, held in Battery Park.

This is no reform at all, but rather an endorsement of a program that has now failed generations of our most vulnerable children. The program was established with the best of intentions in 1974, after the settlement of a lawsuit brought by the Puerto Rican advocacy group, Aspira. The city’s educational administration hoped to lift the performance of immigrant children by teaching them in their own language. After three decades, however, there is almost no one who can honestly say that this program has worked — certainly not Mr. Bloomberg, or at least last year’s Mr. Bloomberg. The mayor is fully aware of the program’s failings.As a candidate, and even after his election as mayor, he argued against bilingual education. (more…)