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Dual-language education must be instituted in Texas from kindergarten through college. Texas is de facto a bilingual and bicultural state; it already owes a significant portion of its economic base to trade with Latin America. Texans must become national brokers and facilitators of north-south enterprise and exchange—in business, technology, education, and culture. It’s time for our policymakers to create a workforce, both Latino and non-Latino, that is properly trained to understand and communicate with the largest linguistic group in this hemisphere: Spanish speakers.
Kanellos is the founder and current director of Arte Público Press of the University of Houston.