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Principal Criticized For Delivering Graduation Speech In Spanish
sacramento.cbslocal.com ^ | 6-28-11

Posted on 06/28/2011 10:18:42 AM PDT by Justaham

He congratulated the graduating class of 2011, but one but one principal’s commencement speech actually offended some in the crowd.

The graduating class at Whittell High School has only 30 students. Just a few weeks ago during graduation their principal gave an encouraging speech congratulating his students and their parents.

“Class of 2011, I want to congratulate you for all your accomplishments this year,” said Principal Crespin Esquivel.

He then said the same thing in Spanish, making sure his commencement speech could also be understood by his Spanish speaking parents and students who make up the second largest group of the school.

“I figured why not do it in Spanish? I think it’s important for me to make sure all the families feel comfortable,” said Esquivel.

Maria: You never meant to offend anyone, correct?

Esquival: Absolutely not.

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TOPICS: Culture/Society; News/Current Events; US: California
KEYWORDS: aliens; education; english; hispandering

1 posted on 06/28/2011 10:18:44 AM PDT by Justaham
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To: Justaham

“criticized”? How about fired?


2 posted on 06/28/2011 10:21:39 AM PDT by SuzyQue
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To: Justaham

He is one of the Mexican first nuts.


3 posted on 06/28/2011 10:22:18 AM PDT by pallis
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To: Justaham

English and Spanish both? No problem, a nice gesture, since a few parents or grandparents might not have the English. (But I was amused to see that “students” were also among the possible non-English speakers.) When they use Spanish and don’t provide English, that’s when I’ll be upset: I won’t learn a foreign language in order to be able to exist in my own country.


4 posted on 06/28/2011 10:23:36 AM PDT by Genoa (Starve the beast.)
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To: pallis

If they are not fluent in English, how the hell are they qualified to graduate?


5 posted on 06/28/2011 10:23:48 AM PDT by JMS
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To: Justaham

If they didn’t learn English, what does it matter what else they learned? Why graduate?


6 posted on 06/28/2011 10:24:07 AM PDT by SMARTY ("Educate men without religion and you make of them but clever devils. " Arthur Wellesley)
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To: JMS
They feeeeeeel good about themselves. Isn't that sufficient for graduation?
7 posted on 06/28/2011 10:25:09 AM PDT by Army Air Corps (Four fried chickens and a coke)
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To: Justaham
“I figured why not do it in Spanish?

Why not do it in jive?

I mean, we wouldn't want to offend anybody, right?

8 posted on 06/28/2011 10:25:28 AM PDT by unixfox (Abolish Slavery, Repeal The 16th Amendment!)
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To: SuzyQue

Hey. I give the vato props for not conductiing the whole thing en espanol.

/sarc


9 posted on 06/28/2011 10:25:42 AM PDT by Responsibility2nd (I'm a Birther - And a Deather)
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To: Justaham

If his intent was to reach parents and other relatives who don’t speak English, good for him. If he’s admitting that, after 12 years in the local school system, his students can’t understand English, maybe he should resign.


10 posted on 06/28/2011 10:30:56 AM PDT by muir_redwoods (Somewhere in Kenya, a village is missing an idiot)
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To: Justaham

Who cares? Nobody listens to graduation speeches anyway.


11 posted on 06/28/2011 10:31:39 AM PDT by kitkat ( I sure HOPE that it's time for a CHANGE from Obama.)
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To: JMS

I agree the students should know English, but I have seen a lot of families where the kids are bilingual and the parents have very poor English.


12 posted on 06/28/2011 10:32:12 AM PDT by colorado tanker
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To: Justaham

In america, it is not my job to impress you Hispanics with my command of Spanish; it is YOUR job to impress me with your command of English! If we were in a Spanish-speaking country, the reverse would be true.


13 posted on 06/28/2011 10:37:48 AM PDT by NRA1995 (Obama couldn't run a lemonade stand, much less a country. Away with him!)
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To: Justaham

A few years ago I was a night-stocker at Wal-Mart. Our crew had about 30% green-card Hispanics. Supervisors came and went, until we got one named “Frank”, an Anglo.

The first thing he did was to speak Spanish to the crew, then turned to the rest of us and said, “For those of you who don’t speak Spanish - too bad!”

I surprised myself as I am pretty easy-going. No filters at all - I just blurted out “This is America. We speak English.” to the accompaniment of a half-dozen or so who pounded the tables in agreement.

“Frank” looked a bit nonplussed. Never got along with him after that. He’s still there.


14 posted on 06/28/2011 10:47:37 AM PDT by Oatka ("A society of sheep must in time beget a government of wolves." –Bertrand de Jouvenel)
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To: Justaham

THE ENTIRE GRADUATING CLASS AND ALL THEIR PARENTS SHOULD HAVE STOOD UP AND WALKED OUT!


15 posted on 06/28/2011 11:46:50 AM PDT by Paperdoll (NO MORE BUSHS!)
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To: Justaham
“I figured why not do it in Spanish? I think it’s important for me to make sure all the families feel comfortable,” said Esquivel.

When I graduated high school, there were probably a number of grandparents and great grandparents in the audience who spoke little or no English. I sure don't remember any of the speakers giving any remarks in German.

16 posted on 06/28/2011 1:25:24 PM PDT by Arrowhead1952 (zero hates Texas and we hate him back. He ain't my president either.)
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17 posted on 06/28/2011 2:13:42 PM PDT by HiJinx (Old Cold Warrior)
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To: JMS

“If they are not fluent in English, how the hell are they qualified to graduate?”

While I agree with you, I have to say that a majority of graduating high school students are functionally illiterate, and those are the ones who speak English. First came Dick and Jane, replacing phonics, and then came bilingual ed and multiculturalism, replacing English submersion. ...Kids these days are screwed from the get-go. They get a next to useless, state education, broken homes and pop culture in place of real culture. I advise parents to home school, and take responsibility for their kid’s education. No matter where their kids are schooled, parents should be the primary educators. Don’t count on the schools to do it.


18 posted on 06/28/2011 2:20:48 PM PDT by pallis
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To: All; pallis
Just a historical note: CA voters eliminated bilingual education and returned to English immersion in 1998 when these students would've been in preschool.

There's no excuse here. The more frequent disparate languages are accommodated, the less incentive to learn English, greater drain on our economy and greater the risk of Balkanization and civil unrest.

20 posted on 06/28/2011 7:19:45 PM PDT by newzjunkey
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To: JMS

Good question.


21 posted on 06/30/2011 1:32:27 PM PDT by POWERSBOOTHEFAN (Fear can hold you prisoner.Hope can set you free.(Shawshank Redemption))
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To: unixfox

I love the Black slang from the 70’s.Jive turkey is one of my favorites.I like watching the 70’s movies;I’ll laugh at what they are saying!


22 posted on 06/30/2011 1:38:29 PM PDT by POWERSBOOTHEFAN (Fear can hold you prisoner.Hope can set you free.(Shawshank Redemption))
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