Saturday, December 10, 2005

The war on Spanish

Apparently, everything is a war these days. I don't know why, but apparently, speaking Spanish in schools is very, very bad:
"My son called me on Monday and said he had been suspended for speaking Spanish," Rubio said. "I could not believe it. I went to the school and spoke to Mrs. (Jennifer) Watts and asked her if this was school policy. She told me, 'no,' but said 'We are not in Mexico, we are not in Germany.'"

Watts refused to comment to The Kansan.

However, Bart Swartz, executive director of certified personnel for Turner [school district], said Superintendent Bobby Allen was apprised of the situation immediately and met with Rubio.

"As soon as the superintendent found out the student was suspended, the superintendent notified the student that he could come back to school," Swartz said. "We do not stand behind suspending students for speaking foreign languages."

Zach and a friend were told not to speak Spanish in the lunch area on Monday. As he left to go to his class, he started speaking Spanish again to his friend and was told again not to speak Spanish on the way to class. About 45 minutes later, he was sent back to the office by his teacher for speaking Spanish to a classmate in a classroom. Zach was then told to call his father because he was suspended from school for the rest of the day and on Tuesday for non-compliance. A "reasonable" request to not speak Spanish at school, signed by Jennifer Watts, the principal of the school, was written on a disciplinary referral dated Monday.

In addition to the reason for suspension, Watts also wrote, "This is not the first time we have asked Zach and others to not speak Spanish at school."
Hopefully it's the last.

Update: Tony saw the story, and says:

there is nothing more American than a nice fat settlement on a court case of questionable merits
His emphasis.

Let's add this to the list of things to ponder.

  • "French society is threatened by anarchy and lawlessness"
  • "root and branch corruption is threatening the essence of Italian democracy"
  • "Muslim immigrants cannot fit into British society because they are insular, bigoted and sexually repressed".
  • "American society cannot withstand the use of courts to resolve personal grievances."