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Proud To Be An American

Monday, May 28, 2012

I live in one of the greatest countries there is (right up there with Israel - my religious homeland). When my grandma's relocated to the U.S.A. learning English was almost a requirement (one grandma was from Poland the other from Russia - both grandpa's were from England). Now you not only have at least one tv channel in Spanish but every company you call says "If you want this in English press 1". Sorry folks ... you shouldn't have to choose what language - after all ... this is America. If you want to live here at least learn SOME English. (yeah yeah - that'll cause some riff, I'm sure).

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    Apparently at a county not far from us - the schools are now required to teach Spanish as a language - used to be from jr high on, you could decide if a foreign language was something you wanted to add to your credits.

    40 years ago I spent a year in Israel .. I knew enough Hebrew to get by but we also had classes at the kibbutz I lived on, we worked from 5am till usually 8 or 9am, had breakfast then had our Hebrew classes till noon. After that - the day was ours. Have to admit - I loved working in the tomato fields (probably due from the tomato fights we had on the conveyer machine we were on - the turkey barns stunk but again, it was fun/interested, the banana fields were cool and the rose greenhouses just had to make sure you wore long sleeve shirts and had gloves on.

    Even though the majority of the country knew some English - we still tried to speak Hebrew when we were places other than our own group. LOVED IT !! Would go back in a minute given the chance.

    My philosophy - if you want to live in American - LEARN ENGLISH. Don't expect those us of that pay taxes to pay for your dr and/or hospital visits OR allow you to get government/state benefits when some of us aren't even eligible ... ggggrrrrrr ok - that's it for now !! haha
    2061 days ago
    I couldn't agree more, dear friend. Let me add to your rift. As a teacher, I am "required" to make sure every child performs at or above proficiency level (thank you very much no child left behind). However, students and parents are not "required" to know how to speak or read English. They should have to let college students know during the 1st semester of education training that they may be required to become proficient in every language of the world in order to be considered successful at their jobs.
    2063 days ago
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