The Public Interest

E pluribus plura-Congress and bilingual education

Abigail Thernstrom

Summer 1980

AMERICA, the most ethnically heterogeneous nation in the world, is one of the most linguistically homogeneous. Yet today the ideological underpinnings of that homogeneity are largely gone. Acculturation is out of fashion; cultural maintenance is in. Ethnic loyalties that have frequently appeared subversive now seem healthy.

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