The existence of people of different origin in the United States is the rationale for numerous languages. This led to the education sector in the United States to initiate language policy to address the diverse language phenomenon. The languages brought by the Europeans created confusion in the education programs hence the need for better language policy. The US education advocated for the teaching of English language in mission schools to ensure every citizen knew in 1819. The English language became dominant in the US because all the native languages taught in schools were substituted with English. From this article, it is evident that leaders can choose what to assimilate in any given nation-state. The language policy in the US supported that no native language would be used in teaching students. Many people shifted from speaking their native language to the foreign language because one would not be admitted in the mission schools where the English language was devotedly taught.
In the 19th century, the schools in United States bilingual programs. Mostly, the schools taught German and English languages. The education policy in the United States supported bilingualism in schools. At the beginning of the 20th century, the language policy restricted schools to be taught in English as well as bilingual education where two languages were to be employed in teaching. The official language for writing documents in the United States was English. Bilingual education policy was abandoned after World War 1 which saw the English language left as the only means of communication. Modern foreign language study gave orders that allowed the language policy to change to accommodate teaching of other languages other than English. The bilingual education programs were severely attacked in the wake of World War II. The move would recommend the use of English as the only language of communication.
The restriction to specific languages in schools brought inequality in education thus disadvantaging the students without knowledge of the preferred language. The language policy that advocated for the use of English language in teaching violated the rights of non-English speaking students as enshrined in the 1964 civil rights act. Most politicians were against the bilingual education programs. For instance, President Ronald Reagan wanted all the other Native American languages recognised. Research shows that bilingual policy is advantageous in the academic field. The English language was made the official communication language after study that showed it had many merits than the popular native languages. By 2002, instructions were supposed to be given English in more than thirty the United States, but this directive has never been enforced since they want to use their native languages.
From my perspective, bilingual language policy is imperative since it allows an individual to speak the both native and foreign language. It also enhances the ability of understanding of students. Currently, the English language is prevalent in almost every household in the United States because more than 80% of schoolchildren communicate in it while at home. Bilingual population in the United States has drastically increased in the last decade since there many people acquiring the English language every day. All United States nationals cannot speak fluently English since it is their second language. The restriction of languages to force everybody speaks in English has adversely affected all ethnolinguistic since it limits the practice of indigenous languages. The modern United States has focused on the bilingual education policy to absorb international students and immigrants effectively.