One high school is encouraging higher standards for bilingual education, by teaching algebra in Spanish.
At Hillsboro High School, in the Portland Oregon area, Moises Curiel instructs Algebra 2 in Spanish. Students work on problem solving in groups, asking questions. .
The students find that learning in a second language is not so difficult, as they all know English and have studied Spanish for years. Some grew up speaking Spanish with their families, but some grew up only speaking English. Yet their Spanish is very good as they have spent most school days moving between classes instructed in both languages.
Dual language instruction is not new in the US. What is new is that when these students graduate they will get an embossed seal on their diplomas, affirming that they are bilingual in Spanish. While learning subjects such as algebra in Spanish may be more difficult, many students in the bilingual programs believe it is well worth the effort to achieve the goal of being fully, functionally bilingual