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Der Blaue Engel Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Nov-10-05 07:27 PM
Response to Reply #128
143. English is mandatory for children in the public school system
Regardless of their primary language. Isn't it? I thought that was a given.
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  -Should Spanish classes be mandatory for all elementary students napi21  Nov-10-05 04:12 PM   #0 
  - Second language requirement-yes  kenny blankenship   Nov-10-05 04:15 PM   #1 
  - Agreed  DesertedRose   Nov-10-05 07:41 PM   #145 
  - Yes. Most all European students study English starting in grade school.  CottonBear   Nov-10-05 04:16 PM   #2 
  - Most Europeans know at least three other languages as well as English...  WiseButAngrySara   Nov-10-05 04:21 PM   #13 
  - When I was in high school  FreedomAngel82   Nov-10-05 07:44 PM   #147 
  - American linguistic weakness makes us a weaker competitor.  NNadir   Nov-10-05 04:17 PM   #3 
  - We are one of the only countries where one main language  calico1   Nov-10-05 04:26 PM   #19 
  - I think it's a stupid idea. All adults in this country who vote, however,  WiseButAngrySara   Nov-10-05 04:17 PM   #4 
  - Well, since the largest growing minority group  calico1   Nov-10-05 04:21 PM   #14 
  - I have to respectfully disagree.  CottonBear   Nov-10-05 04:24 PM   #18 
  - God knows that we don't want our children to be more accomplished  Maddy McCall   Nov-10-05 04:29 PM   #26 
  - In Puerto Rico you are taught English from  calico1   Nov-10-05 04:31 PM   #31 
  - I am by No means against language instruction of any kind, and yes it  WiseButAngrySara   Nov-10-05 04:51 PM   #55 
  - Florida has a very large Cuban population. n/t  calico1   Nov-10-05 04:57 PM   #63 
  - Exactly! Cuban. Not Mexican. And I just bet that some of Jeb's buddies  WiseButAngrySara   Nov-10-05 05:04 PM   #72 
  - Why do you think ONLY people from Mexico speak Spanish???...  tx_dem41   Nov-10-05 05:00 PM   #67 
     - See #72. I am NOT as stupid as you seem to believe I am. I have many  WiseButAngrySara   Nov-10-05 05:20 PM   #95 
        - Ummmm..Brazilians speak Portuguese. n/t  tx_dem41   Nov-10-05 05:25 PM   #100 
           - Ummmm..I suppose you converse with them in that language? The Brazilian  WiseButAngrySara   Nov-10-05 05:44 PM   #120 
              - Spanish, French, Russian...  tx_dem41   Nov-10-05 05:46 PM   #121 
                 - Well, you are an exception. I have taken Latin, Spanish, classical Greek,  WiseButAngrySara   Nov-10-05 06:01 PM   #132 
  - You mention our PM speaking both English and French at press conferences.  IntravenousDemilo   Nov-10-05 04:53 PM   #57 
     - That's because the people in Quebec would get pissed off  Ignacio Upton   Nov-10-05 05:11 PM   #78 
     - Oh, don't remind me. *cry, sniff, boo hoo, snivel* n/t  CottonBear   Nov-10-05 05:20 PM   #91 
  - English is not the national language  nadinbrzezinski   Nov-10-05 04:34 PM   #37 
  - What? How did you possibly draw this conclusion from what I've written?  WiseButAngrySara   Nov-10-05 04:59 PM   #64 
  - And we should have a second. It's great for kids to have two  SmokingJacket   Nov-10-05 05:28 PM   #103 
  - HA! this isn't ENGLAND either.  kineta   Nov-10-05 07:26 PM   #142 
  - Chinese might be more appropriate. nt  babylonsister   Nov-10-05 04:17 PM   #5 
  - Indeed  pmegan   Nov-10-05 04:20 PM   #11 
  - I went to a Catholic high school,  deadparrot   Nov-10-05 04:21 PM   #12 
     - It's a valid question, and will become more  babylonsister   Nov-10-05 04:26 PM   #20 
        - Oh, absolutely not.  deadparrot   Nov-10-05 04:33 PM   #34 
        - Yet somehow, so many Chinese manage to learn English.  SmokingJacket   Nov-10-05 05:29 PM   #105 
        - Many Chinese and Hindi people in GA speak English & also Spanish  CottonBear   Nov-10-05 05:36 PM   #114 
        - I don't know about you but I find this  calico1   Nov-10-05 05:48 PM   #122 
           - My local Indian convienience store clerk (Mr. Patel) & Chinese waitress  CottonBear   Nov-10-05 08:59 PM   #151 
        - In all honesty, I don't think it's that simple.  deadparrot   Nov-10-05 07:55 PM   #148 
        - And yet many Asians from all countries come here  calico1   Nov-10-05 05:34 PM   #110 
        - Speaking Mandarin is way easier than writing it  NewJeffCT   Nov-10-05 05:49 PM   #123 
  - I would have liked it, myself. Nowadays, I find myself awfully lazy.  Qibing Zero   Nov-10-05 04:18 PM   #6 
  - I think a second language should be offered  calico1   Nov-10-05 04:19 PM   #7 
  - Spanish - No : Second Language - Yes  SlipperySlope   Nov-10-05 04:19 PM   #8 
  - Because more individual countries speak Spanish as a first language  IntravenousDemilo   Nov-10-05 05:04 PM   #71 
     - I wouldn't be for making one particular second language  calico1   Nov-10-05 05:35 PM   #113 
  - Why Spanish?  pmegan   Nov-10-05 04:20 PM   #9 
  - Spanish is the second most commonly spoken language at home  Der Blaue Engel   Nov-10-05 04:31 PM   #29 
     - Okay...  pmegan   Nov-10-05 04:36 PM   #40 
        - I'm just conjecturing as to why they would suggest Spanish  Der Blaue Engel   Nov-10-05 04:39 PM   #42 
           - Well, I know why they chose Spanish...  pmegan   Nov-10-05 04:51 PM   #56 
              - Ding... ding... ding!!!  Lost-in-FL   Nov-10-05 04:56 PM   #61 
              - Most Hispanics vote for the Democratic party  calico1   Nov-10-05 05:00 PM   #66 
                 - Perhaps, parhaps not  pmegan   Nov-10-05 05:09 PM   #76 
                    - Cubans are an exception. Many of them were Bautista supporters.  CottonBear   Nov-10-05 05:13 PM   #81 
                    - Once again.... the Hispanics in FL  calico1   Nov-10-05 05:20 PM   #93 
  - A second language Yes - Why Spanish necessarily?  Mass   Nov-10-05 04:20 PM   #10 
  - there are so many excellent Spanish/English speaking people  Mend   Nov-10-05 04:21 PM   #15 
  - I paid extra for my son to take Spanish in kindergarten  SW FL Dem   Nov-10-05 04:24 PM   #16 
  - Yes, and Spanish is the best choice.  Ron_Green   Nov-10-05 04:24 PM   #17 
  - Spanish is a Romance language so once one learns Spanish  CottonBear   Nov-10-05 04:27 PM   #21 
  - Exactly. English is Germanic, and Spanish covers the other bases.  Ron_Green   Nov-10-05 04:29 PM   #25 
  - Well, I would say somewhat easier.  calico1   Nov-10-05 04:44 PM   #46 
     - At least it's easier to read maps, signs, menus and communicate  CottonBear   Nov-10-05 04:47 PM   #50 
        - I agree with that.  calico1   Nov-10-05 05:03 PM   #69 
  - agree, with you  maddezmom   Nov-10-05 04:31 PM   #28 
  - Deleted message  Name removed   Nov-10-05 04:27 PM   #22 
  - Why do you "shudder" at the idea of learning French?  CottonBear   Nov-10-05 04:34 PM   #38 
  - Deleted message  Name removed   Nov-10-05 05:12 PM   #79 
     - We need bi-lingual eduaction and ESL classes for immigrant children.  CottonBear   Nov-10-05 05:15 PM   #85 
        - BINGO!!!  Lost-in-FL   Nov-10-05 05:34 PM   #109 
  - "These" people?  Der Blaue Engel   Nov-10-05 05:04 PM   #73 
  - Remember TEXAS and CALIFORNIA...  Lost-in-FL   Nov-10-05 05:17 PM   #88 
     - Well, then if we all spoke English and Spanish  Der Blaue Engel   Nov-10-05 05:19 PM   #90 
        - The problem is not "not learning" a 2nd language...  Lost-in-FL   Nov-10-05 05:33 PM   #108 
           - I'm not for mandatory Spanish either  Der Blaue Engel   Nov-10-05 05:40 PM   #117 
           - By the way... I am biligual...  Lost-in-FL   Nov-10-05 05:56 PM   #128 
              - English is mandatory for children in the public school system  Der Blaue Engel   Nov-10-05 07:27 PM   #143 
           - No, every child should learn English and Latin.  Xithras   Nov-10-05 05:59 PM   #131 
  - What's wrong with Spanish? it's the second most spoken among US citizens.  pinto   Nov-10-05 05:39 PM   #115 
     - Deleted message  Name removed   Nov-10-05 07:39 PM   #144 
  - Most rich kids learn Spanish from their nannies  AngryAmish   Nov-10-05 04:28 PM   #23 
  - Why not make ENGLISH and INTELLIGENT DESIGN mandatory?  Lost-in-FL   Nov-10-05 04:28 PM   #24 
  - No  shenmue   Nov-10-05 04:30 PM   #27 
  - I agree with you... I think we shouldn't...  Lost-in-FL   Nov-10-05 04:33 PM   #35 
     - Tell me exactly where it says that English is the official language  nadinbrzezinski   Nov-10-05 04:36 PM   #41 
        - No where...  Lost-in-FL   Nov-10-05 04:42 PM   #44 
           - Most nations have official languages, the US legally  nadinbrzezinski   Nov-10-05 04:54 PM   #58 
              - The German thing is a myth  eggman67   Nov-10-05 05:27 PM   #102 
  - I like the idea. Would be fun for kids and demographically, Spanish  pinto   Nov-10-05 04:31 PM   #30 
  - A fundie language requirement is speaking in tongues :)  DanCa   Nov-10-05 04:32 PM   #32 
  - The younger you learn the better you learn.  calico1   Nov-10-05 04:49 PM   #53 
  - I say go straight to Latin  Book Lover   Nov-10-05 04:32 PM   #33 
  - Everyone at my high school took a year of Latin in 8th grade.  CottonBear   Nov-10-05 04:39 PM   #43 
  - Actually I agree. I took Latin in HS and it has helped more then...  WePurrsevere   Nov-10-05 06:35 PM   #137 
  - A lot of people are wondering "why Spanish?"  Der Blaue Engel   Nov-10-05 04:34 PM   #36 
  - No, here's why... (call me a Republican if you want but hear me out)  ReverendDeuce   Nov-10-05 04:35 PM   #39 
  - Why Spanish? Because there are millions of Spanish speakers  CottonBear   Nov-10-05 04:44 PM   #45 
  - And they live close to 300+ million English speakers... your point?  ReverendDeuce   Nov-10-05 04:46 PM   #47 
     - Second Geneartion immigrants becomne fluent. It's a fact.  CottonBear   Nov-10-05 04:54 PM   #59 
     - Its the adult, first generation people who have  calico1   Nov-10-05 04:56 PM   #62 
  - Learning a second language is mandatory for admission to most  Der Blaue Engel   Nov-10-05 04:47 PM   #49 
  - This is fine... but then, I ask, why Spanish? Why not French? Esperanto?  ReverendDeuce   Nov-10-05 04:49 PM   #54 
     - The same reason that most British people study French:  CottonBear   Nov-10-05 04:59 PM   #65 
     - I would say it depends on where you are. If you  calico1   Nov-10-05 05:41 PM   #118 
  - I took 3 years of Latin and 2 years of German & 1 of Russian in HS.  napi21   Nov-10-05 05:04 PM   #74 
  - Of course!  IntravenousDemilo   Nov-10-05 04:46 PM   #48 
  - YES.YES.YES.......  goddess40   Nov-10-05 04:47 PM   #51 
  - Funny thing is  tamtam   Nov-10-05 04:48 PM   #52 
  - Have your children forgotten how to speak English?  calico1   Nov-10-05 04:54 PM   #60 
  - I do not think is resistance, I think it is reluctance...  Lost-in-FL   Nov-10-05 05:03 PM   #68 
  - Why not teach English, LAtin, Greek and a foregin language.  CottonBear   Nov-10-05 05:09 PM   #77 
  - I agree with you 100%...  Lost-in-FL   Nov-10-05 05:13 PM   #82 
     - All we have to do is cut the defense budget and fund schools instead.  CottonBear   Nov-10-05 05:23 PM   #98 
        - You got it...  Lost-in-FL   Nov-10-05 05:40 PM   #116 
  - There are definitely many problems in our  calico1   Nov-10-05 05:14 PM   #83 
     - It would be a great idea to teach a second language...  Lost-in-FL   Nov-10-05 05:20 PM   #92 
  - I don't get it either  tamtam   Nov-10-05 05:29 PM   #104 
     - I think you are right.  calico1   Nov-10-05 05:54 PM   #126 
  - Why the animosity toward learning Spanish you ask.  CottonBear   Nov-10-05 05:04 PM   #70 
  - No  Ignacio Upton   Nov-10-05 05:07 PM   #75 
  - So do you thing speaking anything but English  calico1   Nov-10-05 05:15 PM   #84 
  - No, but balkanization is not a good idea  Ignacio Upton   Nov-10-05 05:21 PM   #97 
  - Have you ever been to Canada, Mexico, South America or Europe?  CottonBear   Nov-10-05 05:18 PM   #89 
  - Seeing as how you love English so much,  IntravenousDemilo   Nov-10-05 05:27 PM   #101 
     - Sorry, I can't type very well  Ignacio Upton   Nov-10-05 05:32 PM   #107 
        - Oh, OK then.  IntravenousDemilo   Nov-10-05 05:54 PM   #127 
        - I agree that a foreign language use is practical  Ignacio Upton   Nov-10-05 06:15 PM   #134 
           - I don't like the whole "melting pot" thing.  IntravenousDemilo   Nov-10-05 06:22 PM   #135 
           - The interesting thing is that we don't have a real  calico1   Nov-10-05 06:38 PM   #138 
              - We're technically all immigrants in that way  Ignacio Upton   Nov-10-05 06:53 PM   #139 
           - I hate to tell you this but racism against those  calico1   Nov-10-05 06:26 PM   #136 
        - In the early 1900's the white, anglo  calico1   Nov-10-05 06:10 PM   #133 
  - I believe a foreign language should be mandatory.  tallahasseedem   Nov-10-05 05:13 PM   #80 
  - And beginning in elementary school  brentspeak   Nov-10-05 05:17 PM   #87 
  - I think everyone here should educate themselves on the English-only  Der Blaue Engel   Nov-10-05 05:15 PM   #86 
  - A second language should be mandated, not necessarily Spanish.  Starbucks Anarchist   Nov-10-05 05:20 PM   #94 
  - this will be a spanish speaking country in the not to distant  xchrom   Nov-10-05 05:21 PM   #96 
  - Why?  pmegan   Nov-10-05 05:34 PM   #111 
  - Maybe, maybe not.  jaredh   Nov-10-05 05:57 PM   #129 
  - Well, I had to, but then I was going to an American school in Chile.  Cleita   Nov-10-05 05:24 PM   #99 
  - This thread has brought out a lot of anti-immigrant sentiment.  SmokingJacket   Nov-10-05 05:31 PM   #106 
  - I noticed. It is disturbing. n/t  CottonBear   Nov-10-05 05:35 PM   #112 
  - Florida State Constitution  ebal   Nov-10-05 05:44 PM   #119 
  - Si!  B Calm   Nov-10-05 05:51 PM   #124 
  - A 2nd language should be mandatory  NewJeffCT   Nov-10-05 05:52 PM   #125 
  - Second language requirement, yes  jaredh   Nov-10-05 05:58 PM   #130 
  - Before I read another post I will answer  Horse with no Name   Nov-10-05 06:56 PM   #140 
  - A secondary language should be required in elementary school.  NYdemocrat089   Nov-10-05 07:24 PM   #141 
  - Maybe late elementary  FreedomAngel82   Nov-10-05 07:41 PM   #146 
  - In my Elementary school, I was taught Spanish  DemGirl7   Nov-10-05 08:31 PM   #149 
  - Yes! n/t  carolinalady   Nov-10-05 08:32 PM   #150 
  - Why Spanish?  Davis_X_Machina   Nov-10-05 09:12 PM   #152 
 

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