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Friday, December 09, 2005

Now If It Was Arabic, They'd Set Aside A Room And Have An Assembly

I'm all for English-only at schools and total immersion rather than bilingual education policies, but this story bespeaks of something different. I don't think it has as much to do with any sort of animus towards Spanish-speakers as it does with the small mind of educators. Allow me to explain. These are the same folks that, in any effort to avoid any exercise in judgment, brought you "zero-tolerance" policies that resulted in kids being suspended for bringing an aspirin, or an inhaler or a pair of scissors they found on the way and intended to hand in, to school. I wouldn't be surprised if the rule against speaking Spanish at school was so non-Spanish speaking teachers/administrators could at all times understand what the kids were saying. Not an unreasonable objective. But when you place policies like this in the hands of persons with any sort of graduate degree or credential, havoc results.

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