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Letter: Floresville ISD’s Bays builds bigger firestorm
Re. Floresville ISD’s Bays endures baptism by fire, April 30
I read with dismay the above-mentioned article. I think more fire is headed her way.
Dr. Bays stated research has shown that the most effective way to deliver bilingual education program services is a dual-language, two-way model. Therefore, she is implementing a program where the courses are taught in Spanish 90 percent of the time and English 10 percent. She will start with all courses for students in pre-k and kindergarten and expand in out years.
I have read the research. The research fails to indicate the impact on the average not selectively picked native English speaker. At best case, the native English speaker in this program is no worse than the average. I think researchers are skewing the data. Nonetheless, the full impact of the program to FISD may go the way of Alamo Colleges in Floresville (gone).
A real-world study was done by the Dallas ISD with this model and here are some reasons why it was dropped:
•English-speaking students were not performing well in their own language (reading and oral language skills),
•As English-speaking students moved from grade to grade, parents pulled them out of the program because they were struggling,
•Campus with grades pre-kindergarten through second grade had to drop the model because the campus with grades three through five did not want to continue due to low student performance of English-speaking students,
•Parents did not know how to help their children with homework in the second language,
•Not enough parent and staff support,
•Could not maintain the program due to low student numbers.
We don’t want to leave non-native English speakers behind but we should not do it the expensive of native English speakers. What is the cost of this program and how many non-native English speakers are we talking about in Floresville?
WINSTON J SHAFFER II
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