By John W. Lillpop
In a rare show of populist wisdom several years ago, California voters passed Proposition 227 to abolish most forms of bilingual education. The premise was quite simple: Pampering non-English speaking youngsters with bilingual instruction is counterproductive, and not in the best interests of the young learners.
Unfortunately, some Hispanics educators still refuse to abide by the law and continue to teach in Spanish.
One such so-called educator was recognized as “Teacher of the Year” by a San Diego school district several years ago. Pancho, which is not his real name, proclaimed it his duty to instruct Hispanics in their native tongue, and hailed this defiance of state law as a major accomplishment.
Were it not for the fact that California’s educational system is administered almost exclusively by outlaw liberals, Pancho would have been fired and his teaching credentials permanently revoked. By refusing to expose his students to the language needed to succeed in America, Pancho should also be arrested and charged with child endangerment/abuse.
As an educator, Pancho should know that California now requires students to pass a test in order to graduate from high School. One of the test subjects is English proficiency.
Do you get that, Pancho? English, not Spanish, is a requirement for high school graduation in California.
California does not test for Spanish proficiency because English is the predominate language in California and throughout America. Internationally, mastery of English, not Spanish, is vital.
Pancho probably labels those who want English to be the official American language as “racists.” However, I doubt that Pancho sees himself as a racist for preferring Spanish to English.
In fact, Pancho probably believes that his defiance of state law is perfectly justified because bilingual education means diversity.
To liberals, “Diversity is our greatest strength” is recognized and accepted as the new pledge of allegiance to socialism.
California parents please remember this: English proficiency is required to graduate high school. Spanish proficiency is required to pick fruit and operate leaf blowers.
Which future do you want for your child?