We all know that there is certain language that one shouldn't use in polite company, at work, and at school. That language has typically been limited to the list of four letter words and slurs, or particularly hurtful talk.
That list is rapidly expanding. For example, my son told me on Friday that they are not allowed to say: "This is America, speak English". This new forbidden phrase was revealed to the student body in an assembly where a group of students acted out a little skit, where (I guess) some people were speaking a language other than English, and another kid said: "This is America, speak English." The students were then instructed that this was not allowed.
I am not so happy with this new rule. First of all, why isn't the school administration telling the foreign language speakers that it is rude to carry on a conversation in another language when not everybody can understand what is being said.
Secondly, why is the school interfering with the students' freedom of speech? High school students are old enough to regulate their own social interactions, without being censored by politically correct zealots.
Thirdly, forbidding English speaking students from speaking out against rude behavior is in effect forcing them to be subjected to rudeness without recourse. Are they just supposed to suffer in silence?
Didn't we all kind of agree that English was going to be the language we Americans speak? Neither my mother's nor father's families came from English speaking countries, but they happily learned English because that is the common language here, and they were here to be Americans. My father was 15 when he started learning English.
Shouldn't the school be actively encouraging speaking English? We really don't want this country to turn into a dual- or multi language country. Why? There is not one place in the world where two languages are spoken that doesn't have trouble because of it.
With all the different religions, cultures and traditions we have in the US, it is the use of a common language that unites us. You may be Jewish, your neighbor a Christian, and the mailman a Muslim. Perhaps the family across the street worships trees. But, when we open our yaps, we can talk to each other because we all speak English.
So, before it becomes a crime, I am going to say it!
THIS IS AMERICA! SPEAK ENGLISH!