In mid-November, the school district adopted a policy encouraging non-English speaking students to use their native language to learn – as opposed to being educated in English, which advocates argues is oppressive and rooted in racism. But Christian author and commentator Janice Crouse has some misgivings about the policy – one of which is the method of implementation.
"Everything is very generalized, even how they would fund it," Crouse tells AFN. "They very blithely say they can fund it, but they don't tell how – and they don't estimate what it would cost."
Over the long term, she says, this policy proposed by the education equity group Stand for Children would splinter society.
"They ultimately would fracture our country into language groups instead of being unified with one language and one government," she warns. "Instead, we would be fractured into language groups."
The Center Square reports that in 2022 there were 35,000 multilingual learners with 200 languages spoken across the Denver Public Schools district. Roughly half of the more than 90,000 students in the district are Hispanic.