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Open Access Senior Thesis

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Bachelor of Arts


Humanities: Interdisciplinary Studies in Culture

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Martha Gonzalez

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Andrew Aisenberg

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Stephanie Nunez


This thesis explores the potential of bilingual education for the future of American (U.S.) democratic society. It places an assessment of bilingualism in the larger history of the relationship between education and a vision of American democracy. The research focuses on the importance of being multilingual for a democratic society, and argues why bilingual education should be made available to students during the elementary years of their education. This study analyzes the state of California’s educational policies and concludes that viewing bilingual education through assimilationist lenses hinders students’ character and professional opportunity. It promotes acculturation and accommodation without assimilation as a strategy for approaching the incorporation of bilingual educational programs into public schools across the United States.