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Dual Language Education of New Mexico's Vision

New Mexico’s rich linguistic and cultural resources must be developed as assets. Four decades of research provide a road map for developing a multilingual, multicultural citizenry.  Providing an enriched multilingual education combined with high expectations has the greatest potential to close the achievement gap and prepare students for success in the 21st century (Collier & Thomas, 2009; Ramírez et al., 1991; Goldenberg, 2009). In addition to academic and career benefits, bilinguals possess increased cognitive flexibility and enriched problem-solving skills.