Diane Ravitch, Historian and Assistant Secretary of Education under President George Bush
I think they have to be respected as individuals, the culture that they have come from has to be respected. This is where their parents were from. But theres the reality. They are now in the United States, they either are or intend to be American citizens working in the American economy, living in American society. They need English. Now as terrific as their native language is. It may be a language that represents a wonderful brilliant literature they need English if they are going to survive.
Jose Angel Gutierrez, Chicano Civil Rights Leader
In the American school they want to make Anglos out of all of us. And they want to take our Spanish away to teach us English. Well you dont make anybody greater by making them less. So we accepted our reality, our dual reality. And thats what people dont seem to get through their head. Were not Separatists, were not trying to segregate. Were trying to just be ourselves, and add on to whats going on.