English Only Movement in New York State
...essay, we will first examine the ideologies underlying the English-Only movement, then review the consequences of it on the education in New York.
IDEOLOGY OF ENGLISH ONLY MOVEMENT
The advisability of legislation mandating an official language policy is hardly a new issue, but one that has been debated throughout the history of the United States. Crawford (1992) in his book, Language Loyalties, summarizes the opposing views on this topic, as follows:
"For supporters, the case is obvious: English has always been our common language, a means of resolving conflicts in a nation of diverse racial, ethnic, and religious groups. The Reaffirming the preeminence of English means... CONSEQUENCES OF ENGLISH ONLY...