Mo K’s Mate has a little something to say about English in our schools and workplaces. I couldn’t agree more, nor could I say it better.


I acknowledge that it’s ridiculous for a child who doesn’t speak English to be expected to pass an English langauge exam. But why should the school (and the community) foot the bill for providing the child with an exam in her own language? Why should the onus not be on the child’s family to have a working knowledge of English before they get here?

From the 1890s until the 1960s, immigrants to America had to prove that they:
1) had a basic proficiency in the English language
2) had a job, so that they and their families would not become burdens to the taxpayers
3) had a sponsor, someone who would pay their expenses should their job not work out.

If they couldn’t meet those criteria, they didn’t get in. That’s what Ellis Island was for–to screen out the undesirables before they got onto the mainland. Our politicians threw out those requirements in the ’60s, and since then we have been besotted with waves of immigrants who cannot support themselves, yet are encouraged to keep their languages and customs, and not assimilate–ensuring that they will remain wards of the state.
During the same period, welfare rolls have swollen to unprecedented levels.

Link to Part I
Link to Part II