A new policy statement from the Departments of Education and Health and Human Services encourages states to teach children languages different from English, if they speak a different language at home. Heritage Foundation Senior Fellow Mike Gonzalez, writing for the Daily signal, says one of the goals of the Obama administration is “to help them retain separate cultural attachments.”
The Obama administration claims that because bi-lingual children will soon make up “a sizeable proportion of the workforce,” a shift in the “status quo” is necessary and schools must “embrace and celebrate their diversity.”
The administration did not explain how it expects the diverse future workforce will communicate with one another when varying groups speak varying languages and are separated by cultural and speech barriers.
To highlight this point, Gonzales quoted John Stuart Mill:
Free institutions are next to impossible in a country made up of different nationalities. Among a people without fellow-feeling, especially if they read and speak different languages, the united public opinion, necessary to the working of representative government, cannot exist. The influences which form opinions and decide political acts are different in the different sections of the country.
The left’s embrace of multiculturalism comes at the expense of a united American people. And, Gonzalez argues, this “tower of babel” moment threatens our economic cohesion and national unity.
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