Archive for April 12th, 2009

Unfortunately, Lots of People Pay Attention to Ignorant Comments

I was getting ready to close up my computer for the night, but this letter to the editor  in my personalized google news page caught my eye. This was published in the Boston Globe. The writer rants about having to hear announcements in two languages and asserts that dual language holds back Spanish speakers (I do wonder if they specifically meant Spanish speakers or any speaker of another language). But, we know that knowing two languages does not in fact hold people back. I’ve written about this issue before here, here, and here. Some researchers have noted advantages of bilingualism with respect to cognitive control. We need to deal with facts and findings and not simply with unsupported opinion when dealing with bilingualism. But, it doesn’t always turn out that way. Just had to rant a bit.

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