American Exceptionalism - Foreign Language Study
Recently the school district in which I live asked everyone what they thought should be the chosen official foreign language. Below is the letter I wrote in. I still work for the district so I had to "X" out the addressee out of respect for my present employer.
Now if I can sell enough books to write full time well then that's another thing!
Anywho, here's the letter:
In response to your query regarding which foreign language should be officially supported by XXX I offer up the question as to why an official language should be decided upon in light of the thoughts expressed below.
The weight behind the decision of the language in my mind bears equal weight to espousing the ideals of the country that uses that same language. Chinese is a prime example of this. To endorse the Chinese language is to endorse its ideals. I am absolutely not, by any means, an isolationist. I am simply suggesting that it indirectly endorses in the minds of our children the ideals that the country presently holds. I am, by no means, advocating not learning a foreign language. To the contrary, being bi-lingual has benefitted me immeasurably in understanding the mindsets of other cultures. What I am asking you to consider is that the foreign language be a matter of choice and not a formal endorsement of one language over another. Using China as the example and as a matter of history, The People’s Republic came about through the genocide inflicted by Mao Tse Tung. This should not be compared to the American Revolution which was a movement designed to structure the “Great Experiment” that is the United States of America which is a government by the people and for the people but instead was brought about by the “political power that grows out of the barrel of a gun” as Mao put it himself as he starved 700k of his own men, women and children. read more »