On behalf of myself and the readers of Bringing up Baby Bilingual, thank you, Charity! In fact, most bilingual schools will take monolingual children up until primary grade 3, arranging extra support so that the children can catch up in the new language. Bilingual education helps limited English proficient students develop language skills in their native (non-English) language.
Politicians will utilize a hot button issue like bilingual education to further their political ambitions and polarize the electorate. Although bilingual education experts feel that cognitive and affective development should be at the core of the bilingual program, not everyone recognizes these as the primary goals.
Programs fall into two broad categories: those that use the student’s native language for at least some of the instruction (bilingual education), and those that use only English for instruction. A major resource is access to bilingual education, where many subjects can be taught in a language familiar to the students, or sometimes native to them.
Final Report: Longitudinal Study of Structured English Immersion Strategy, Early-Exit and Late-Exit Programs for Language-Minority Children. Instruction is provided through both languages and the goal of these programs is for all students to become proficient in both languages.
Sensing this prejudice and the obstacles their children faced without a working knowledge of English, many Hispanic families preferred bilingual programs that prioritized English instruction above all else. Likewise, in 1855, the California Bureau of Instruction required that the medium of instruction in schools should be English.