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Old 06-16-2009, 08:10 PM
 
Location: Camberville
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And on the flip side, there are American Schools all over the world that teach exclusively in English, regardless of what the usual language is for that area. Kids can move around with their parents, get their education and never have to learn one word of any foreign language.

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It's absolutely shocking how few of the children of servicemen and diplomats in Germany speak even a word of German. A lot of military families ended up settling in my town after their service so I came in contact with lots of kids who had lived in Germany for years. It's pretty sad when you think about all of the arguments for immigrants needing to speak flawless English.
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Old 06-16-2009, 10:18 PM
 
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Many Hispanics in places like Miami and parts of Southern CA and TX hate English and do their best to not have to speak what they feel is an inferior language. Especially if they feel that these places are in fact part of what should be Mexico.
Do you have direct experience living or working in these locations? Rather sweeping statements and I highly doubt backed up by any kind of facts.

Of course it should be allowed for kids to attend a private school in whatever language they want. I doubt that most parents who care enough about school to send their kids to a private school would actively decide to limit their children's options by trying to keep them from learning English. (and I don't in any way mean that parents who go public do not care - just that private school parents have a choice, while not all public school parents have a choice) And, even if the kid from the Spanish speaking family does go to an American Spanish language school, the odds are extremely high that he or she is still going to be at least formally studying English in some shape or form.

I once attended a panel discussion in Southern CA where parents - mostly from other countries - discussed which languages they wanted their children to learn. It wasn't an issue of native language versus English - it was an issue of native language plus language plus what additional language would be most useful.

Not that there aren't people who don't care about learning English, or who aren't actively helping their children to master it, but the percentage of parents who would actively discourage their child from learning the language is pretty small.
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Old 06-16-2009, 11:09 PM
 
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It's absolutely shocking how few of the children of servicemen and diplomats in Germany speak even a word of German. A lot of military families ended up settling in my town after their service so I came in contact with lots of kids who had lived in Germany for years. It's pretty sad when you think about all of the arguments for immigrants needing to speak flawless English.
Mil brats aren't immigrants...
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Old 06-16-2009, 11:51 PM
 
Location: 39 20' 59"N / 75 30' 53"W
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Mil brats aren't immigrants...

They didn't say military brats are immigrants, you missed the point.
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