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May 12, 2009

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Mishell

I wish I did have the time, health and money. People from outside the US often speak several languages, or those who can afford to travel alot. Anyone who doesn't want to lean, speak and understand another language , is just plan retarded ( and I'm not referring to those who have special needs !!!!!)

Mishell

Because I'm a very sickly, older black woman . Who never passed Spanish classes, And in case you are wondering, I just lost my job. So do you think I want another stress, language class ( cost, study, transporation , and the cat care; along with my care. ) I just want to be able to find out about my other sisters and brothers of the brown races. I didn't mean to offend you, but it seems like you didn't think you might offend someone else.

In 1914, President Theodore Roosevelt stated, "We have room for but one language in this country, and that is the English language, for we intend to see that the crucible turns our people out as Americans, of American nationality, and not as dwellers in a polyglot boarding house."

U.S. English, an advocate group for "Official English" summarizes their belief that "the passage of English as the official language will help to expand opportunities for immigrants to learn and speak English, the single greatest empowering tool that immigrants must have to succeed

Mexitli

"it is absolutely crystal clear beyond any doubt that the key to Hispanic and Latino success in the United States is fluency in the English language."

It depends on where you live. I think people should speak English but I also think people should speak Spanish at least in the part of the U.S. where I live.

I do not consider either language my language.

Frankly, people are going to make it regardless of which language they speak.

To me, language is a practical matter.

Here in the so. West, however, it is a weapon. A weapon for dummies if you ask me because they are both Euro languages. Hence, to me the battle between English and Spanish is silly.

But as a matter of practicality, I would suggest that everyone that intends on earning a living here speak English.

Factoid: CA's Prop 187 was sparked by Mexican American mothers who wanted their children to learn English and the saw that in their classrooms they were being taught in Spanish.

However, the racists immediately exploited this fact to their advantage and the mothers backed off.

Esther J. Cepeda

Hey there J.Dot, I know what you're trying to say but I'm not feeling it. It's true that a few lucky ones do really well despite being hampered monolingual Spanish-language education cloaked as "bilingual" ed., but we should focus on the many who aren't served well, rather than the few who actually make it.

My argument is that to serve Latinos better we need to put every available resource into getting them fluent in English, and that to keep them in the Spanish-only ghetto that is commonly called "bilingual ed" in this country (yes, not ALL bilingual programs, but too many) is the most harmful thing that we can do to young Hispanics.

And thank you very much for the peaceful wishes....we all want to get to the same place, we just see different paths to getting there. Namaste.

Bob Sperlazzo

Esther, thanks for a well-reasoned approach to this language dilemma. If the political left would just finally figure out that English is the language of FINANCES in the world, they would stop denying non-English speaking people the opportunity to dominate the English language. Statistics show the average increase in pay is 30%, and often more! By the way, it's not "English Only" -- it's "Official English," meaning in the government and school facilities, while not prohibited on the streets or elsewhere.

j.dot

i don't agree. who are the adults being studied? i know many who were brought up through the bi-lingual school system and have been able to become successful. the u.s. needs the bi-lingual system. english only will cause too many road blocks. i do agree that it needs to be revamped a bit and try to make it so that bi-lingual doesn't mean spanish only. while you're not alone in your thinking it is also very well known that the u.s. needs latino's...especially right now. to write them off in such a manner would just be harmful...peace.

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