Roughly 30 states in America recognize English as the official language, while others do not have an official language at all.
Some states have taken their preference for English further: including Arizona, Arkansas, Colorado, and many others. They have mandated that only English be used to teach students.
On one hand, English is the primary language in America and most people speak it. And foreigners who come here should expect to have to learn it in order to communicate with Americans and our government officials.
I also think that when Americans are traveling, they should know some of the language spoken in the country they are travelling to. It is polite to make an attempt to speak to people in the language of that country, and certainly I would not expect them to understand English!
But, for some reason, people in America are still considered “ignorant” for not knowing Spanish or another language. Some jobs even require people to have translators, so they don’t have a lawsuit on their hands.
This I do not agree with, people who come to America should speak English– especially if they work and live here. The same can be said for anyone who lives in a different country, if you move to Italy you should learn Italian. It’s the obvious answer.
But, on another hand, I can see why having only English in a school could be detrimental to a child who just arrived in our country. I want every child in America, the legal ones, to succeed here and have a great life.
However, instead of hiring translators for the classroom, or having teachers speak the child’s language, they should simply do English language classes before joining their English-speaking peers. Some children migrate to this country with only a few English words under their belt, so they may fail in a class if pushed into it suddenly.
I do believe that our schools should be taught in English, and if they struggle with the language, they can take extra courses to help them better understand English.
Liberals who make the argument that people don’t want to speak English because they want to preserve their heritage. First, its very rarely immigrants making this argument, so perhaps Liberals should actually talk to people who speak other languages before making the silly argument that culture relies solely on a language, or that immigrants don’t want our culture. Hint: they came here because they like the way we live!
On the other hand, if you really need to preserve your culture, maybe stay in your home country? No one will be upset about your language or heritage there.
What do you think? Should more states in America have more English only laws or do you think they are fine the way they are now?
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