A high school in Kansas City, Kansas, recently suspended a student for a day and a half for the heinous crime of -- and I am not making this up -- speaking Spanish. As they stood in the hall, between classes, another student asked him a question in Spanish, and he responded with "No problema." And for violating a school rule that existed only in the fevered imagination of the high school administration, this kid was suspended.
You know, when I was in high school, they actually encouraged us to speak foreign languages. This may be hard for some of our younger readers to believe, but they even had formal instruction in several foreign languages, actual classes that were condoned by the school administration and taught by accredited teachers. What can I say? It was the '80s, a wild liberal era of carefree experimentation. We, as a nation, were so much younger then. And, apparently, smarter.
My condolences to any and all high school students inside the state of Kansas. With public schools there standing strong against the teaching of science and foreign languages, I'm sure a diploma from the Jayhawk State will really do wonders for your college applications. If things continue at this rate, the next generation of Kansas educators will be shielding school children from such secular evils as fire and the wheel.
(Tip of the sombrero to Steve Gilliard.)