posted on Feb, 25 2016 @ 05:23 PM
a reply to: burdman30ott6
English is not equal to ESL. English teaches English speakers how to write like ee cummings. ESL teaches non English speakers how to order a burger
with fries in English.
Our education in English would be more appropriately called "Grammar and Language Arts". Its for advanced English speakers (i.e., native
All of that aside...America has no official language.
From my perspective: my wifes family predates Texas independance. They've been in the Pandhandle for 3 generations, moving up from the Valley (near
Hondo) from sevral before that. Some of her ancestors fought for independence in the Texas War of Independence.
They learned to speak spanish under Spanish colonialism, having their culture and history raped and stripped from them once already. Like all
Mexicans, and all latin Americans did. You see what happened if you didn't abandon your tribal lifestyle....you got put on a death march to unusable
land. So they had their culture stripped and replaced with a Spanish catholic culture.
But even with that....what about the people in Texas who only speak German? Or German and Spanish? We have no shortage of them, either. Both
established in our state several generations ago as well? Should they be forced to learn English? They aren't American enough, living within our
nation for more than 3 generations?
What happens in 200 years, after America is a Spanish speaking nation, and the Burd family comes walking out of the Alaskan wild speaking only English
(but still having a taste for Enchiladas Montadas)?