While this post makes complete and utter sense to me, if I played this to the guys I work with they would be furious and border line homicidle! Great points Reverend, thanks for this great podcast!
It saddens me that learning a second language, or teaching children a second language would ever be considered a 'handicap'. Thanks for listening!
Remember, it's not a 'handicap' it's 'rude'. GAH!Glad I got mentioned in a rant though!
Ha ha! I have yet to hear an argument that makes sense about why our children should only know English. All of them go back to some arrogant sentiment about how they're in our country so they should know "our language". What language is that? In the US we don't have one! Why should we stunt our future growth by having our children only learn one language? It makes no sense.
Remember, we only have empathy for others as long as it doesn't inconvenience US. And the demonization of education, especially languages and science, is appalling. And media powers promote this because the dumber people are, the easier they are to influence and control.An "official" language is another of those pointless wastes of time. It accomplishes nothing and changes nothing; other than making idiots feel like they have control of something.
I didn't know if you wanted to mentioned by name, so I erred on the side of caution.
It doesn't make sense. It's rednecks trying to impose their thoughts on the country as a whole. Imagine where our country would be if no one born here spoke another language.
The attack on education in this country is appalling. I truly think other countries are like "Ya, U.S., teach your kids creationism and only one language. Rock on! Now we get all the jobs!" It sickens me.
Exactly. What I'm afraid of is that with the stigma attached to anyone who speaks Spanish we are going to kill the Spanish dialects (Spanglish) that have grown unique in our country. This is what happened to many of Creole dialects and now they are hard to come by. This actually happened on my Mom's side of the family, her father knew Creole but because the sentiment at the time was similar to what Spanish is facing now in our country he never taught it to his children. My uncle later took French, but it's not the same and we lost an important part of our family heritage because of it.