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Pauline L US Nat'l Anthem in Spanish? (71* d) RE: US Nat'l Anthem in Spanish? 29 Apr 06

Bush finally said something I agree with. As FDR said we are a nation of immigrants and revolutionaries. All the immigrant groups other than Hispanics throughout our history have learned English. Many immigrants and their children speak two languages, their mother tongue and English. Most immigrant groups strongly encourage their kids to learn English and get a formal education so they can get ahead. Up until recently, no particular effort was made to help immigrants learn English, and I'm glad that that has changed and ESL classes are given. I've taught English to immigrants, including Chinese and Hispanic kids. Some public schools in my area of the country have a tandem system. Students can choose to go all the way through school in classes taught in English or in classes taught in Spanish. I'm opposed to this. I have a lot of friends who are immigrants, notably one Russian couple. They have told me that when they make a phone call and hear, "Press 1 to continue in English and [two to continue in Spanish]" they want to know what number to press to continue in Russian. In any group containing both native speakers of English and immigrants, should we allow time for people to sing the national anthem in English, Spanish, German, Italian, Chinese, Vietnamese, Laotian, Tagalog, Urdu, Parsi, Hebrew, Arabic, etc.? It is much harder to learn English if your native language is, for example, Vietnamese than if it is Spanish. I believe that people who come to live in this country, get jobs, pay taxes, send their kids to public schools, and/or benefit from any government-funded social welfare programs should learn to read, write, and speak English. It's really not asking too much of them. Singing the national anthem in Spanish is too much in-your-face resistance to learning to speak English, our common language.

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