Friday, December 09, 2005

Seriously, Kansas: What the F*#k Is Wrong with You?

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.)

9 comments:

Scott said...

Imagine how much trouble he'd be in if he said, "Creo en la evolución"

("I believe in evolution" from Babelfish

Otto Man said...

I think if he'd done that, they would've had him drawn and quartered on the soccer field.

Thrillhous said...

Soccer? They don't play that furrin crap in Kansas. They would've just drawn and quartered him in the nativity scene.

Otto Man said...

Yeah, I knew that reference sounded off. They'd probably drown him as a witch.

alex supertramp said...

he's a witch ... burn 'im.....

S.W. Anderson said...

My guess is that some paranoid school official, vice principal or whatever, fears those who speak in foreign tongues may take unseemly advantage of the general ignorance of foreign languages all around them.

Letting foreign languages be spoken could result in wisecracks emanating from those who habla en español. For example, a student passes the official responsible for rules such as this in the hall and refers to him or her as a butt-faced half wit in Spanish, causing others who habla to break out in cheers and laughter.

Another possibility is that the school system is catering to resentment in the community. There seems to be a strong strain of sentiment among right wingers that today's immigrants don't want to assimilate, but rather expect everyone else to change to accommodate them. To the extent this is true, I don't like it either. However, I think it's much less common and less ominous than the right wingers seem to.

In any case, this wrinkle goes together with a steady stream of others, giving the impression many Kansans might really be happier in another country or century, or both.
I emphasize some because I happen to know a couple thoroughly nice, well-adjusted people from Kansas.

Otto Man said...

"Kansas: Building a Bridge to the 13th Century"

EC said...

That's a good argument against compulsory government education

S.W. Anderson said...

" That's a good argument against compulsory government education"

Only to the hopelessly ignorant or those helplessly in the grip of an unfortunate ideology.