posted on Dec, 9 2005 @ 06:11 PM
I said this elsewhere, but it still makes sense; so here goes....
Q: Should Spanish be taught at schools?
A: I think so.
Q: Who should decide who takes Spanish at schools?
A: The Parents.
But it seems like the thread is about forcing a language on students.
This is what you can expect with a government-monopoly school system (PUBLIK SKULEZ™): a one-size-fits-all, learn-because-we-tell-you-to scam where
there is no incentive to give the consumers (parents and students) what they want.
As long as the government, because of its virtual economic monopoly, forces you to use their PUBLIK SKULEZ™, only the people who can afford to pay
the taxes and the tuition for freedom-of-choice schools are going to have any choice in the matter.
And you know the education Unions and the bureaucracy isn't going to change; why should they? You are forced to pay taxes for the PUBLIK SKULEZ™
whether you want to or not.
Wouldn't it make more sense if the government would just give you your own tax dollars back and let you spend them on a freedom-of-choice school --
whether religious, Montessori, Home-School, or whatever -- that you think is best for your kids?
Of course, that's not the way the government works. The philosophy is simple: you may be the parent, but you're too stupid to know what's best for
your own children; so we'll let some Washington DC bureaucrat figure that out for you.
Until all Americans have freedom-of-choice schools, you're going to see these mandates -- not just forcing a language, but a whole bunch of others --
and they're just going to get more and more invasive.
Now as an aside, I think that anyone who doesn't learn Spanish, the second language of the United States, is an idiot. I picked it up in my
forties, my family uses it all the time, and, as a result, we have economic and cultural opportunities that you monolingual people will never be able
But the point is that learning (or not learning) Spanish should be your choice, not the Government's.