Saturday, August 27, 2005

Dallas to Principals: Learn Spanish or Fired

The Dallas Independent School District Board has voted 5-4 in favor of a proposal that makes it mandatory for all principals in its schools with a 50% or more Hispanic student body to learn Spanish. The principals would be given 3 years to learn the Spanish language. Failing to do so would result in termination, i.e., fired. So now, full-time working school administrators must spend sufficient time learning Spanish so that they are proficient in the language or they get the heave-ho.

The proposal came about after an event was held & some Hispanic parents complained that because they didn't speak English, they couldn't understand the event.

Welcome to the United States of Political Correctness. The powers that be are again kowtowing to immigrants who refuse to learn English or are too lazy-assed to learn it. Their children are in Bi-lingual programs & English as a Second Language programs, but learning English themselves is not high on their list.

There are sufficient Spanish speaking teachers & counselors in their school system for non-English speaking parents. A Spanish-speaking principal is totally unnecessary. If one is necessary, why not a Spanish-speaking Vice-Principal & on down the line? Why not have a Portuguese speaking principal to accommodate Portuguese & Brazilians? Or Chinese, or...well you get the idea. Instead, future job applicants for the principal position are now to be discriminated against because they only speak English in an English-speaking country. Duh.

This idea is idiotic, as are the people who pushed it & voted for it. Political correctness and accommodation gone amuck.

And this related item from U.S. English, Inc.

Spanish Set to Become Official Language of Seven Denver Public Library Branches

In a sharp break from American tradition, the Denver Public Library is promoting a plan that would make seven of its branches “Spanish focused,” banishing English language books to the backroom. The “Languages and Learning” plan would dramatically increase Spanish language offerings and staff, designating some locations as Spanish dominant. The proposal is currently under review by the Library Commission and an advisory board.
“Denver’s action is a dubious first in American history: a major U.S. city is creating a public institution that intentionally excludes native-born Americans,” explained Mauro E. Mujica, Chairman of the Board of U.S. English, Inc. “This action goes against the model of assimilation that has successfully served the United States for centuries.”
“In a nation of immigrants, focusing on a single non-English language is the type of favoritism that we should have abandoned years ago. The taxpayers of Denver — residents who speak 68 languages — should not stand idly by while their money goes to support immigrants from El Salvador or Colombia over immigrants from Vietnam or Egypt.”
Library officials counter that the switch to Spanish dominant libraries is an extension of the institution’s purpose. They claim that the Languages and Learning plan will assist Spanish speaking residents in becoming members of their community. Proponents call the plan “cutting edge” and “revolutionary.”
“I fail to see how an ‘Official Spanish’ Library will aid immigrants in learning English and becoming Americans,” Mujica continued. “If anything, it will further the notion that Spanish-speaking immigrants can live in relative comfort without needing to learn our common language. If we are to successfully continue as a nation of immigrants, we cannot send an ‘English Optional’ message to any immigrant group.”


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