20 Answers: Should bilingual education be required?

“No it should not.”

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

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“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

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“No.”

Beverly Mendez, sales associate, Victoria’s Secret

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“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

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“Yes. It’s the 21st century.”

Mike Tanner, nightclub promoter

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

Buddy Rigotti, founder/president, Big Buddy Media

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“No. It should definitely be an option.”

Kevin Littlejohn, entrepreneur

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“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

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“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

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“Yes.”

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

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“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

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

James Oscher, consultant, Grandview Marketing

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

Katelyn Orr, student, UNLV

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“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

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“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

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“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

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“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

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“I think it’s a good idea.”

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

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

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

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