Wednesday, July 9, 2008

According to Barack Obama, your child should learn Spanish to communicate with immigrants...

4 comments:

Sandi said...

I have to admit, when we were in Italy, it was amazing how may people spoke English and almost everyone - from school kids on up - spoke more than one language. As small as our world is getting, it's very practical and our kids are being short-changed by not being encouraged to be bi or tri-lingual. I mean, even in England they speak a form of English!!

I totally feel that schools should use English and that any child using our school system should learn English. Period. But having our own children learn another language should be a much higher priority than it is.

Nikki said...

Sandi, you make some really great points. I understand what the Senator is trying to say, but as much as I think it is soooo good for Americans and kids to learn different languages, the premise of his argument is what I struggle with. It isn't arrogance that americans don't learn other languages its time...I think most americans don't have time to learn another language and quite frankly not everyone is able to...which is why it is important to start with children. My husband speaks and writes fluent chinese and, he hasn't benefitted from it other than impressing the scouts when they come over. Math and science do take over so much of our priorities and I remember learning french from a crockity old french woman who hated america in jr high and high school...if I ever go to France I will have to wing it I guess! great comment! :)N

DB said...

I agree with Obama, every child in the US should speak more than one language. I see nothing wrong with this at all. Go to foreign countries and they know two or three languages. Americans in the United States who speak more than just English are more competetive for jobs and that is a huge point of education. Having a second language (not just Spanish either) is just as important, if not more in many cases, than a college degree. Learning a second language doesn't mean we are giving up or losing our identity. Look at Germany, or France, or Italy...they are still the same cultures as before after learning more than one language. Learning a language isn't hard for children, in fact it is easier to learn one when young than when older.

Then again, the more people who refuse to have their kids to learn things like second languages the better so my kids won't have to compete with them for high paying jobs ;-)

namaste said...

i agree with the comments here. children in american schools should be taught to speak fluently in a second language. as for present day adults learning, i guess it's up to them. for myself, i would love to learn another language.

wow. obama sounds like an entertainer hosting the tonight show or a comedian doing stand-up. wow.

;)

~m