Latino children’s language skills lag behind by age 2

Nature vs. nurture? That’s always the uncomfortable question as to why certain ethnic groups in America succeed scholastically and economically, while others do not.

The answer definitely seems to be nurture, but it’s not going to make folks on the progressive left happy.

According to research conducted by the University of California at Berkeley, nine-month-old Latino babies have the same language and cognitive abilities as their white peers, but by the time they reach age 2, they lag significantly behind.

But here’s the kicker.

The Washington Post reports, “The children of immigrant mothers tended to lag further behind than the children of Mexican-American mothers who were born in this country, a difference that researchers linked in part to immigrant mothers’ weaker education.”

Gee, ya think?

“In addition, native-born Mexican-American mothers tended to read more frequently with their children and use richer language with them.”

“It appears that acculturation exposes mothers to more inventive and stimulating educational practices in the home,” Fuller wrote in an e-mail.”

Anybody surprised by this? I’m certainly not. In the early 1900’s when immigrants came to the United States, they wanted to become AMERICANS. They wanted to assimilate, speak English and embrace American culture. They sought the freedom to achieve and “make something of themselves.”

Now it’s different. Now it’s America that wants to embrace immigrant culture. We bend over backwards to provide multi-lingual education, signage, advertising, ballots, entertainment – you name it.

And what’s the result? The children who are not “acculturated” fall further behind their peers.

The Washington Post says “this is the first study to establish that Latino children start out with the same abilities as their white peers and then fall behind in the first few years of life. But similar data have been published for other groups, including African-American children, and there is a growing body of evidence that academic achievement gaps begin to open before children enter formal schooling.”

Which means it’s also a parenting issue, and a cultural issue. However, in typical leftist fashion, progressives think it’s a GOVERNMENT issue.

“In 2010, the Obama administration funded the nationwide expansion of home visiting programs, which aim to improve children’s outcomes by educating parents about subjects ranging from health and domestic violence to language development and school readiness.”

Yep, that’s right. If parents can’t do it, just turn the kids over to the government. Heck, why not start at birth?

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nancy Bracy
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Ya think! No you don’t. While this difference may have it’s root in economic conditions, it is by no means a standard of any type. Exposure is the culprit. If you are in a situation and you can’t figure out the other stimulus, you lag behind. Compound that with other stimuli that others perceive as negative, then add to that the consensus that this is what is available versus what can be obtained. The world is a soup of these things. No matter what or how you are nurtured, success is measured by social nemes and what is reality. Like… Read more »
Donna West Berryman
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um okay? the point is children have to be taught! they wont learn all that is necesary on their own, ghettos are full of people that cant talk or write so that the majority can understand what their saying, (yo dis), what kind of talk is that? its lazy. its parents jobs to teach their children, if your not up to the job,birth control please. blaming the government for our childrens ignorance, lmao yeah,my mother had a 2nd grade education,from her era that was not uncommon. But her children learned how to speak and write. So dont blame anyone but… Read more »
Angermanagement
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All the illegal vermin and their anchors are dragging the U.S. down. Throwing money at the ignorant doesn’t do the least bit of good. Mass deportation is the only solution.

Fred Keefer
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Just as my father had a third grade education and my mother grade eight, they couldn’t stress enough the importance that my siblings an myself graduate from at least High School, which we all did. I passed this along to my children, stressing the importance of a college education. I don’t depend on the Government for my children’s future. Anyone who does is foolish.

Boss Mare
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My family emmigrated here from Brazil when I was 6 months old So, I started at the same level as the other American babies. My parents wanted to learn English so practiced and practiced. I learned to speak Portuguese but by the time I started school I was speaking English. Because that’s what you do.

Alan
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Being bi-lingual is great. Thank you for knowing the English language so I can understand you and communicate.

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Angermanagement
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The illegal alien vermin & their low IQ anchors are a huge drain upon our country. They drag down the quality of education for the actual AMERICAN children that doesn’t want or expect welfare, that wants to go to college, be successful and raise families.

Yankee 1942
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Liberals don’t like to admit when they’re wrong, but they’re love to come up with a nonsense line and then back to blame Bush, blame Reagan finger pointing tactics. My kids always corrected me when I’ve made a mistake, while trying to pronounce a word the right way. That’s how I know this study is right on point.

Mark Forrer
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Our culture has thrown the term racist around so frequently,we forgot the true meaning of the word…

nancy Bracy
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Wow, the banal racist comments here!

nancy Bracy
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P.S, Your comments prove what I said. Ranging from blaming presidents to using birth control. This is why God instructed on reproduction. How serious it it is to create offspring. If this is what being “raised” produces, its very sad.

Rafael X
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Here’s an idea maybe immigrants Latino parents raise their kids in “Spanish” because they themselves don’t speak English. A lot of very educated people in this World don’t speak English. Could be a reason why those kids are not as proficient in the “English” language. But why use common sense when blatant racism is within reach.

Bob McMahan
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Rafae,

What a great idea! When those kids get out of school without having become literate in English, what are they going to do? The next step for folks with that idea is the the population will all have to learn Spanish. Good luck with that.

Rafael X
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Do you know any of these kids?

Yankee 1942
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My kids speak spanish and chinese, but they know they’re Americans and english is their first language. If you came to this country, you should embrace American values and assimilate to American culture, not the other way around. FYI Huey Freeman (Your Avatar) quit his cause the same day Obama was elected, fact. You might like to do the same.

Rafael X
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Your kids live in the US. If they go elsewhere they do will have to adapt to the culture and not just language. Same way people in these countries will have to adapt to them.

Lou9999
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Ah….it didn’t take long for the race card to come out. When you have no intelligent thing to say, play the race card. People will go “ooooooooooohhhhhh”. Well played Al Sharpton.

Rafael X
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Nothing intelligent being said in that article. Just a lazy reach for the low hanging fruit.

Randy S
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This about children in the United States, not other parts of the world so English is kind of a necessity and makes your whole comment invalid, don’t you think?. Nice use of the race card though, when someone doesn’t grasp the concept of accountability and responsibility, just scream racism…

Rafael X
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How many languages do you speak? I’m a children of immigrants and I speak three languages.

CheetoBuster
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Voulez-vous une médaille ?

Rafael X
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Je veux tu ailles te faire foutre. Sans lubrifiant.

CheetoBuster
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Marqué pour la bassesse typiquement libérale.

Rafael X
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Pas vraiment de temps a perdre avec la connerie typiquement conservatrice.

CheetoBuster
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Rafael X
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Je ne viens en esperant de faire ta rencontre. Je parle du temps que tu me fais perdre. T’a quelque chose dire ou tu vas encore “marquer”.

CheetoBuster
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You make no sense….as usual.

Rafael X
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Sorry Google couldn’t translate that for you.

CheetoBuster
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Thanks for admitting you use google translate and speak only English, you moron!! Keep trying to be relevant…nothing is working for you so far.

Rafael X
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Penses ce que tu veux sombre crétin. J’ai rien a te prouver. Prends ton temps pour traduire.

Randy S
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That’s outstanding, you obviously worked/studied very hard and have done very well and I honestly think that is excellent.
The article didn’t say all children struggle but gave valid reasons as to why so many do.
I speak one language, English. Because I’m am American and that’s the language we were taught, and I live in the United States, where English is the predominant language. If I were to ever move to another country I would attempt to learn their predominant language prior to moving because I would want to live and work without restricting myself with a language barrier.

Rafael X
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Just to say I understand how it goes for immigrants parent and children. Adapting to a new culture and society is a language is a process it doesn’t happen overnight. Secondly there is no official language in the US. If it`s not in the Constitution I figured that’s how the founding fathers wanted it. Finally “American culture” is not homogeneous like for example North-Korean culture. And I would assume that freedom of expression means you can speak Swahili if you want. Doesn’t mean people will understand you, I say let the free market decide what’s the predominant language.
Randy S
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That’s precisely why I said predominant and not official language because I know the U.S. doesn’t have an official language. I’m all for free expression as well but don’t beleive in limiting yourself by not adapting to a countries prime language.
People used to come here because it was the U.S., now it seems they come here in spite of it being the U.S. Not just South /Latin America either, but immigrants from around the world, and expect the country to adapt to them rather than the other way around.

Rafael X
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The country does need to adapt to them. Integration is a two way street.

Randy S
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That’s where we disagree. Look at the muslims demanding we observe sharia law. People used to come to this country because they felt there was a better way of life here or they didn’t like something about the country they were leaving. Now they’re coming here and demanding we conform to the way of life they had in their former country. Tough s**t, if you want the way of life you had, don’t leave to come here. If I were to go to another country and demand they speak to me in English, allow me to drive on the right… Read more »
Lou9999
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Golf clap. I have three “participation trophies” from my soccer days.

Rafael X
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Tu peux te les fourrer dans le cul.

Lou9999
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My French is a little rusty….but I think it says “Rafael is a D-Bag”.

Shivernand Gosine
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I agree: sociological and psychological factors constitute for
our moral attitude; therefore, aptitude directly affect our cognitive altitude.

Guest
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The average black and Mexican have a lower IQ than the average white .its a fact backed by history and science .its a fact and there for cannot be racist , just true

Mike Bell
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Here’s a real fact. IQ tests have nothing to do with measuring intelligence. All they measure is that you’re good at taking that particular type of test. If I were to move to a small native village in Africa, I would be the “stupid” white man. I wouldn’t have the training or skills necessary to do the things they have been doing their whole lives (ie, raising cattle, planting crops, hunting, tracking, etc…). All knowledge is important, but it’s what you do with the knowledge you’ve gained and how you contribute to your society that is the true measure of… Read more »
Bob McMahan
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Well, Whites are not the folks who do best on tests. Take a gander at who is walking around at MIT, Cal Tech or Stanford. The Vietnamese who came here after 1975 are doing fine, even though many came with nothing. There is a lot of truth in “The Bell Curve”. Whites are not on top. Blacks and Hispanics are mostly at the bottom. That said, individuals from any group can stand out. That is it point of a normal distribution. And that is why we need to make selection individual, and not based or race or skin color.
Lou9999
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Explain why every cornerback in the NFL is black. Blacks are 13% of the population and hold every starting job at cornerback in the NFL. I am not agreeing with “guest” above……but ethnicities seem to do better in specific areas. 70-75% of the NBA is black, the Navy Seals are almost all white, world class sprinters are almost all black, physicists are almost all white, Indian or Asian. There seems to be something.

Rafael X
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Simple mathematics. More black kids play football and basketball so the best players will be black. More white kids play hockey so 90% of the NHL is white. You look in Europe where everyone plays soccer, no race dominates the sport. Has nothing to do with IQ you’re just good at what you put your energy in. Isn’t that what America is supposed to be about?

shande123
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No race dominates in soccer because anyone can play it. The rest of the sports need specific ability.

Lou9999
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Wrong….more white guys play football than black guys (except in the NFL). Simple mathematics. Have you ever been to the midwest?

El Gato
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But then when minority kids don’t put effort into their education, we’re told they need to be hired in numbers proportionate to their percentage of the population. Maybe fewer black kids should put all their effort into basketball. Now I love basketball, and am not saying they shouldn’t play it, just not to the exclusion of more important things. Same with football. But that said, some do both. The local college team has.. let me think. …4 black guys, if you count the one whose Dad is white and Mom is black. One of those is clearly an imigrant or… Read more »
Rafael X
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“The Great Society programs made it much more difficult.” I never seen anyone make a factual demonstration of that argument. That “dependency” you speak of is like Foot. Often talked about but never seen in the flesh. Never met anyone who thought they where better off on welfare.

Bob McMahan
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There are a lot of folks who seem comfortable to stay on welfare.

Rafael X
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I don’t know any do you?

Joe Sneed
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Read “The Bell Curve”.

Justsomedude58
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Well the liberals will be happy that immigrants do poorly. That way they do not take the jobs the liberals want for their own children and the liberals still do not have to mow their own lawns or clean their own bathrooms.

CheetoBuster
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Illegals shouldn’t be in this country….period! It’s time the government show respect for the immigrants who come here legally!!

Bob McMahan
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As well as for American citizens.

Bob McMahan
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Thomas Sowell has written a lot about the concept of “Disparate Impact ” That is the idea that if, for example, a high percentage of Blacks is incarcerated, discrimination must be at work. It could be, and it is. that Blacks commit, proportionally, more crime.

Rafael X
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Or are proportionally more likely to be targeted by law enforcement. How do you know for a fact that “blacks commit more crime”?

Lou9999
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Just go to Law enforcement statistics. It is not too hard to find. I am sure that a man like you who spends an inordinate amount of time on the internet will be able to find it.

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