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Bilingual America

A nearby family has a sweet little girl aged 6 or 7, currently attending kindergarten or 1st grade (I’m not sure) in the local elementary school.  She’s taking all her lessons (except English) in Spanish.  It’s an option the school offers.  Her parents are pleased:  “She can already speak a lot of Spanish!”

No offense to anyone, but I think this is awful.  I wouldn’t mind if it were being done with some other language—Latin, say, or Hungarian, or Sumerian, or Chinese.  Since it’s being done — and ONLY being done — in Spanish, it’s hard to resist the conclusion that this is part of a deliberate program of Hispanicization on the part of our political and bureaucratic elites. 

The logical end-point of this path will be the situation in Quebec, where a person not bilingual — in our case, in English and Spanish — will be at a disadvantage in the job market.  Is this a thing Americans actually want?  Did anyone ask us?

When stuff like this is seeping in even to drowsy middle-class outer suburbs like mine, bilingual America is well on its way.  Our masters are sick or our boring, unimaginative monolingualism, and they mean to do something about it, whether we like it or not.

John Derbyshire — Mr. Derbyshire is a former contributing editor of National Review.

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