Originally posted by steve666
You can pull links out of your ass all night long, and i can find plenty of sources on USEnglish's website that says just the opposite. You get your links from folks who support bilingual education and your position. It proves nothing..................
You are still at this? There's nothing I can find on the website that addresses the facts I am citing.
What I do see, however, is a very unprofessional site grasping at straws.
he New York Times reports that Hispanics account for over 40 percent of the population of Hartford, and that the city is becoming Latinized. Last year, Eddie Perez became Hartfords first Hispanic mayor.
Note, too, that in the longer version it is never specified which of the 15 or so Hartfords in the US this is referring to. Regardless, this is a Hartford issue, not a national one. Certainly if this is a nation wide problem, surely they wouldn't have needed to devote two of their bullet points to one city and could have explained how the same thing is happening in the other 19,354 cities in the US. But it's not, so they didn't.
To show how much they are grasping for straws, check out what a whole bullet point was reserved for:
A Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) housing inspector who spoke only broken English was sent to Germantown, New York with an interpreter to inspect flood damage. The inspector couldn't speak English well enough to understand the flood victims' needs. (Register Star, 2/13/96)
And I found this particularly interesting:
Only 20 percent of the residents of Puerto Rico a commonwealth of the U.S. speak English.
Funny they included this, since it actually undermines the argument.
So we have an unscientific (and almost every reference is to a newspaper article) collection of points that only demonstrate the growth of the Latino population in the US. They still don't address the problems cited here in what I am now posting for the 5th time:
"There is no evidence that bilingual accommodations slow down English acquisition...only unsupported claims about ethnic separatism and immigrants' disinclination to learn English unless forced to do so."http://ourworld.compuserve.com/homep...D/question.htm
And as pointed out on another page, "The rate of linguistic assimilation is clearly accelerating, a phenomenon that can be seen even in the relatively brief span of the 1980s."http://ourworld.compuserve.com/homep...RD/can-pop.htm