No English for You! Schools to Teach Kids in Spanish Only!


The election is fast approaching. If one were just returning to America from a long space journey, one would think the only thing on the upcoming November ballot was the “binary choice” (who else hates that term) for President between two extremely flawed candidates. The Senate and Congressional races have received relatively scant attention – and still less attention has been paid to the many ballot initiatives, no doubt, in all 57 (h/t Barack Obama) states.


These state initiatives can be quite important and some may have eventual carry-over to other states, and nationwide. One such proposal in California is Proposition 58, otherwise known as the “LEARN” initiative. It is being promoted  as “yet another step towards righting the wrongs growing out of a wave of anti-multicultural sentiment during the 1990s.”


You might be thinking – so what – I live on the East Coast. What do I care what those wacky Californians do. Well, like many of the most ludicrous federal proposals – they began at the state level and progressive California, as ground zero for wackiness, is often the tip of the spear, so to speak.


Proposition 58, builds upon another bill which was passed in 2014, called the “The California Education for a Global Economy Initiative,” which “empowers parents ‘to choose a language acquisition program that best suits their child’ and requires districts with sufficient numbers of English language learners (ELLs) to launch the multilingual programs.”


Well, isn’t that nice. It not only requires districts, which are already dead broke, as is the state of California, to spend more money they don’t have on “multilingual programs,” and allows parents to choose which language the school must teach their children. It sounds like the new craze of identifying oneself. Whatever suits them.


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Author:  Brent Smith