Mexico: Bilingual is better, especially on the border

Francis Hult francis.hult at
Thu Apr 16 15:32:21 UTC 2009



Bilingual is better, especially on the border


Tamaulipas, tucked beneath neighbor Texas, has declared itself Mexico's first bilingual state. The pronouncement received little attention in the U.S. media. But its bellwether importance should not be underestimated.


Tamaulipas has more than three million inhabitants. Its major cities are Nuevo Laredo, Ciudad Victoria and Tampico. The state has chosen to search out new global opportunities -- social, economic and technological -- by requiring its 320,000 public-school students to learn conversational English. 


In February, Tamaulipas Gov. Eugenio Hernandez declared, "Our efforts are aimed at preparing students for a more competitive world filled with technology and English."


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