I like how you focused on the weaker programs because a lot of people might think some of them are good because they are not educated or do not have the resources to learn about it. The quote you put of Rodriguez saying how “Bilingual education is meant to build a bridge that helps students become proficient in their native language and English,” really fits into why these programs are weak and how bilingual education is very important. Is there any strong program that you like more than the others? There are many schools that have weak programs and it is very complicated to get them to change them. However, we as future educators have the ability accommodate our students just like you said on your ending statement. Even if we do not have the power to change the programs we have the power to give the best to our future students in order to help them succeed.
I never had any bilingual program during my primary education. It was only until I reached high school that I had the Mainstream with foreign language teaching and it did not help at all. I never further developed my Spanish; I just spoke it at home and with friends. This allowed me to not forget my home language but I feel that I could have strengthened my Spanish while learning a new language, if I had a good program. I took Spanish classes during high school but it did not help much like it has been proven in many schools of different countries. Hopefully, things change now that prop 58 passed.