By Ronnie Antik
I gather, that unlike English-speaking schools, no foreign language is being taught in the Immokalee Charter School, as English already is actually the foreign language.
Hopefully, graduates should be able to speak, read and write English (as a second language) as well as speaking Spanish (the students’ first language).
To get a job in America, unless it is for a Spanish company/newspaper, English has to be the primary language, and it has to be written and spoken well in the USA. Yes, of course, you can be bad at English in a whole litany of minimum wage jobs, but even in many of those, English must be at least spoken to a degree.
Now I am reading the front page of the NDN the other day and there is a story about the Immokalee Charter School is afraid kids won’t value the language of their parents and lose their culture, so they are demanding that the parents sign a promise to speak Spanish in the home at least 30 minutes a day on weekdays.
Is this insanity? Demanding?
If the parents don’t sign, the kid can’t go to that school!
This is a public school. That’s an interesting concept!
For starters, most of the parents speak Spanish in the home already — and some of the parents can’t speak English at all.
The article said we are making sure they learn to value and speak their own language!
One parent was cited as enthusiastic that he will get a chance to practice his native Spanish with his children. (Shouldn’t he be doing that on his own without being forced?)
What about the mother who said the father can’t speak English to begin with, so he already speaks Spanish in the home? (Those are the very parents that are always cited for causing their kids to fall behind in English during the summer break!)
Are we dictating to mostly Hispanic/Latin parents who want to assimilate in this country’s culture how to instill pride in their children to learn their native tongue? What about pride in America’s culture?
Did the Irish do it? The Italians? The Jews? The Chinese, Japanese, Indians, French...etc?
Families value what they value. They all have native tongues. In this country, we value English. it’s the language of commerce. In fact, the international language of commerce.
There’s a reason Jesse Jackson spoke out about not teaching ebonics. He said it was a good way to keep the black man down. Along that line of thinking, bigots might urge the school system to have their kids spend more time studying Spanish and making sure it is spoken in the home, so they keep up their supply of maids and gardeners.
How horrid! What well-intentioned committee thought this up?
If you are going to dictate, why doesn’t the Immokalee Charter School have the parents sign that they will simply do homework with the kids 30 minutes a day on weekdays? Then they’ll both learn something.