Language Matters

Kathleen Stein Smith, Ph.D

Uncertain Future for Spanish in Classrooms (Florida)

“Census data rank Miami as one of the most bilingual cities in the U.S.

But how well today’s schoolchildren read and write in Spanish, the real measure of fluency in an increasingly competitive economy has become a matter of debate as the Miami-Dade County school system reconsiders how to teach children the native tongue of many of its residents.

Some language experts believe Miami’s command of Spanish is slowly slipping away, following a similar, well-documented historical trend of immigrant communities becoming increasingly assimilated.”

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