Amy Lacey, the former principal of Hempstead Middle School, made national news this year: Amid allegations that she'd instructed students not to speak Spanish on the Hispanic-majority campus, Hempstead ISD's board placed her on administrative leave, then voted not to renew her contract. Lacey became a flashpoint in the debate over Spanish's place in American schools, but the terms of her administrative leave prohibited her from speaking to the media.
|Signs such as this will start to appear in Hempstead, TX soon.|
I'm working in Seoul, South Korea. My daughter attends a small International School where speaking in Korean is BANNED. Why? Because the school, and especially the parents, absolutely understand the importance of learning ENGLISH.
English and ONLY English is the international language of business.
The State of Texas needs to INTERVENE and confront the school board and have them EXPLAIN why their first priority isn't to teach ENGLISH.
Sorry, but I think the same should occur in the USA, too. Otherwise, we are forever sentencing our kids to second class WORLD STATUS.
On top of that, the Korean engineering firm we are working with - they have staffing in the THOUSANDS - has implemented a program promoting BETTER ENGLISH. Their slogan: "Speak Slowly. Ask Questions. Make sure you understand what the client is saying." They are trying to portray themselves as an international company open to clients not only from Korea, but the world. But, alas, it has been a real issue dealing with them. The company has many bright engineers whose English is so poor they can't express themselves well at all.
Apparently, the school board in Hempstead want to CONDEMN the children to a world where AMERICANS will have to "Speak Slowly" so that they can be understood by English speakers. I find this degrading, sad and absolutely pathetic.
We will find the Koreans, who completely understand the importance of learning English, come over hear trying to speak English only find no one here can speak it! And then...they will just take their business somewhere else.
I think we will have to call our "Educators" something else entirely. What do you call people who want to do the opposite?