This article was interesting in that when I was done reading it, I did not necessarily know where I stood on the issue of bilingualism. I know that I do not think that kids should go to a school where the only language they are instructed in is Spanish or another foreign language native to them. But, I do not by any means think that this language should be given up. One of the things I wish I could have learned, if I could do my childhood over, would be to learn a second language while I was young. Therefore, if starting at a young age schools incorporated classes like Spanish, the Spanish speaking kids would not completely lose their sense of language and knack at speaking it. While preserving non-English language, it would give native English speakers a chance to develop a great skill also. As we learned in our first course reading, the window of opportunity for learning a language starts at a young age, and if children are able to master the languages early they will most likely have an easier time at it.
It was extremely interesting to get Ricardo’s view on the subject of whether your primary language should be taught in your school. A lot of our discussions mention this subject, but most of us cannot really known what is best for someone else, because we have not been put in his or her shoes. For Richard it seemed as though learning English and assimilating into the culture was best for him and helped him to find himself in the public. For him his language was acting as an inhibitor from learning English and mending into American society.