I received a rude awakening when my mother enrolled me in kindergarten at Saint Patrick’s. I was born in Corpus Christi, Texas, but for the first five years of my life, I spoke mostly Spanish,
In that kindergarten class, I was reprimanded for speaking and told by my teacher that, “only donkeys speak Spanish.” I learned to speak English muy rapido!
However, I got the last laugh because when I entered college, I placed out of 17 hours of foreign language. Back then, students were required to learn a second language, but that stopped years ago at many schools.
Today, there is concern that immigrants are creating areas only speaking Spanish. I’m not sure where that “concern” comes from. It is clear that older immigrants have a difficult time learning English, but these older immigrants are adamant that their young charges learn English. Continue Reading…