20 Answers: Should bilingual education be required?

“No it should not.”

Thomas Bessey, medical records assistant, Life Care Center of Las Vegas


“Yes. Our prosperity depends on being able to compete successfully in a global economy and we need to give our kids every advantage to do just that.”

Margaret Casey, director of programming, World Market Center Las Vegas



Beverly Mendez, sales associate, Victoria’s Secret


“Yes. America is behind most of the world in this area. It’s time we incorporated a more global aspect into our education.”

Melissa Rothermel, director of media relations, Imagine Marketing


“Yes. It’s the 21st century.”

Mike Tanner, nightclub promoter


“No. A child’s education is the ultimate responsibility of parents—not the state.”

Buddy Rigotti, founder/president, Big Buddy Media


“No. It should definitely be an option.”

Kevin Littlejohn, entrepreneur


“Yes. I wish I would’ve learned it. I started to learn Spanish. I think it’s important. Every other country does.”

Jimmy Phipps, hair stylist


“Bilingual education should be mandatory in our schools. However, the education system should do its best to offer multiple language options so that children and parents have a choice.”

Brad Masterson, vice president, Y Public Relations LLC



Sergio Sida, owner/operator, SS & Sons Trucking Inc.


“Yes. Schools should offer foreign language courses, both for students who want to learn a new language and ESL courses for students who need to learn English.”

Dane Claussen, director, ACLU-NV


“Not if it isn’t a requirement to graduate.”

James Oscher, consultant, Grandview Marketing


“Yes. It allows you to learn about another culture. It’s better to learn a language when you’re young.”

Katelyn Orr, student, UNLV


“Yes. It will bring us in line with international communities. Outside North America it’s normal to be multi-lingual. I feel like we’re at a disadvantage especially for employment opportunities.”

Michelle Sharples, director of group sales, Base Entertainment


“Yes, because it puts kids ahead. We put our kids so far behind; we should do something to get them ahead.”

Alyssa Green, student, CSN


“No. One of the challenges in learning multiple languages is that a child can become a jack of all languages, but a master of none.”

Mark Cenicola, president, Bannerview.com


“Absolutely. The younger children learn a second or even a third language, the easier it is for them to grasp and understand our country’s culture. We are a dual-language city.”

Rain Andreani, CEO, Rain Makeup Academy


“I think it’s a good idea.”

Jack Backhaus, president/founder, DJ Nation: Las Vegas


“Yes. It helps create a more well-rounded individual.”

David Torrez, special education resource teacher, Green Valley High School


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