This report highlights some of the key findings from Professor May’s literature review that relate to Māori-medium education. The initiative, which aimed to drastically restrict bilingual education in public schools and promote English-only instruction instead, was spearheaded by Ron C. Unz, a wealthy Silicon Valley entrepreneur. Its importance is increasing day by day, as the number of bilingual students is rising in the United States.
The following checklist focuses on the key issues that should be considered to ensure a quality bilingual program. In practice, many bilingual programs became more concerned with teaching in the native language and maintaining the ethnic culture of the family than with teaching children English in three years.
It required that English-learners be taught in English and essentially banned bilingual education, with some exceptions and waivers. Wayne Thomas and Virginia Collier, a husband and wife team of professors emeritus at George Mason University in Virginia, have spent the past 30 years collecting evidence on the benefits of bilingual education.
By government order, students in the Singaporean education system are required to learn two languages, English and one of the other three official main languages of the country (Mandarin, Malay or Tamil). Promoting parental understanding of American schools and encouraging parental involvement in school activities are also by-products of bilingual education.
From the explanation above, we can conclude that bilingual education in Indonesia needs support from the government. What’s currently being proposed in California is to allow bilingual education, thus benefiting millions of Spanish speaking students who right now are taking English-only classes.