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Bilingual Education: Potential Brain Benefits
35 points by curtishttp://www.npr.org/sections/ed/2016/11/29/497943749/6-potential-...
ouid - 3 hours ago
>"If it's just about moving the kids around," Steele says, "that's
not as exciting as if it's a way of teaching that makes you
smarter.">Steele suspects the latter because the effects are found
in reading, not in math or science where there were few
differences.This seems like evidence that bilingualism doesn't
actually make you smarter with neuromagic, but the investigator
chose to instead interpret it precisely the opposite way.I think a
simpler explanation is that reading is a skill which has a
component that is invariant with respect to the language.
Identifying glyphs, pronouncing the words in your head etc.
dmingoddd - 3 hours ago
Fun fact, almost all Indians know 2 languages well. 1 their
regional one, 2nd Hindi.. If they speak english, that's three..Down
south Hindi is less prevelant but 2 languages is like the norm for
curtis - 3 hours ago
Interestingly enough, I speak a regional language well and
English well. Of course my regional language is also English,
which makes bilingualism hard for people like me!Actually I'm not
just being a smart-ass here, I do have a point. The major reason
that so many Americans are monolingual is that learning a second
language doesn't have much if any day-to-day utility, whereas in
India a second or even a third language may have tremendous day-
legulere - 15 minutes ago
In the EU you usually have to learn two additional languages to
your native language. It's not hard to find German, French or
Spanish speakers outside their respective countries.It's not
like English is the only useful language.
ygaf - 2 hours ago
The native-English-speaking world is doomed to never have the
motivation for this bilingual stuff.