Skip to comments.Principal who told kids not to speak Spanish will lose job
Posted on 03/19/2014 10:05:24 AM PDT by Altura Ct.
HEMPSTEAD - The Hempstead school board won't renew the contract of a principal who instructed her students not to speak Spanish, in a rapidly-evolving district where more than half of the students, like many Texas schools, are now Hispanic.
Hempstead Middle School Principal Amy Lacey was placed on paid administrative leave in December after reportedly announcing, via intercom, that students were not to speak Spanish on the school's campus. The Hispanic population of the rural area, roughly 50 miles northwest of Houston, is growing quickly, and Latino advocates say that it's important to allow Spanish in public schools.
"When you start banning aspects of ethnicity or cultural identity," says Augustin Pinedo, director of the League of United Latin American Citizens Region 18, "it sends the message that the child is not wanted: 'We don't want your color. We don't want your kind.' They then tend to drop out early."
Such fast growth is pervasive in Texas, says Steve Murdock, a professor at Rice University and director of the Hobby Center for the Study of Texas. Half of all Texas public-school students are now Hispanic, he notes. "When you look at issues related to education in Texas, to a great extent, you're looking at the education of Hispanic children."
Similar growth patterns, he says, hold true for the rest of the United States: "It's not just Texas."
Civil rights advocates say Lacey's suspension may have set off a campaign to intimidate Hispanics, including the district's superintendent, Delma Flores-Smith. They are calling for the Department of Justice and the FBI to investigate possible civil rights violations. An FBI spokesman would not confirm an investigation.
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Tell them not to speak English and you will get a promotion.
Nothing unites us. we’ve been completely balkanized by language, culture, ethnicity and religion. The left, with the witless assistance of the naive right have pushed their love for ‘diversity’ upon us to the point where we should be seperate nations.
balkanizers versus assimilators.
When you don’t speak a country’s primary language at a public school (which English is in the United States),
you give the citizens living there the finger and basically tell them you don’t wnat to learn how to assimilate and respect the culture of the country they are living in.
Speak it in the home and pass it along to your kids. Heck give lessons to those in the neighborhood who want to learn it. But at school speak the primary language of the country in which you live.
Silly question. Diversity unites us. Only by focusing on our differences can we be united.
Oceania has always been at war with Eastasia.
and actually this is what they want. they want mexicans to take over the southwest and have their atzlan area. they believe we shouldn’t have that land as part of the usa.
they also want agenda 21 and to push everyone in the rural and suburb areas into racked and stacked 500-ft apartments, into megacities controlled by liberals. no guns, no rights. all urban centers people would be pushed into are controlled by liberals. huge welfare magnets. they want to contro lyou and take your money. and restrict your travel and your freedoms.
Horse hockey. Their "culture" is bankrupt. Their "ethnicity" is not language. Either assimilate into being an "American" or GTFO.
I’d love to see what would happen if some American kid insisted on speaking english in a school in EEEERON!
How about they speak a the english and mommy and daddy produce el green card as well or we kick their arses out of the country? My brother a few years ago got kicked out of Austria because he overstayed his visa by a few months. And he went there LEGALLY. Meanwhile we got MILLIONS AND MILLIONS AND MILLIONS AND MILLIONS of foreign invaders sneaking into this country, making demands, stealing taxpayer money, staying here for YEARS all so the TREASON party can get votes and the RINO party does nothing but hide under their desk.
I have that t-shirt.
I wonder if the same line of reasoning would apply to those kids who were banned from wearing apparel with American flags.
Legal immigration which is why the Treason and RINO parties oppose it.
Yes, tell them to speak ONLY Spanish or whatever language from where they came.
Then, when they graduate, or if, they cannot find a job or get a decent one where they have to communicate with the public at large.
That way, only wealthy liberal kids from the elites will get those jobs and be the patrons (Sp)............................
The fact that the national language isn't German or Japanese either.
Well that makes a lot of sense if they want to limit their employment area. Lets not offend them, let them only speak spanish so that when they can’t get a job because they can’t speak english the government can give them something for nothing.
Another mindnumbingly stupid idea, but politicaly correct and that makes everything ok.
And the stupidity goes on and on and on. If you can’t speak in English, go home.
Whites are not afforded the same guarantees of cultural celebration. Have you every heard of “White Pride” month? How about “White Awareness” month? Of course not, that would never be tolerated in today’s world of upside-down...
Trying to help them assimilate into American society...she then gets fired.
Crazy world we live in.
Like they told the kids in Astoria NY not to speak greek back in the day?
Failure to speak english is a design for failure.
It actually sends a message that English is the language of the United States and you had better learn it. And speaking Spanish outside the classroom instead of practicing English is not the way to do it.
We certainly don’t want students to become proficient in English. It might affect their test scores. If we were ever to “solve” the education problem (much like poverty and globul climate change), liberals would be out of business.
Liberals need dependents (or subjects) to ignorantly keep hands out in servitude of masters. Else they have no need for their masters and would exist and prosper by their own merit.
Time for a new school board.
The quickest way to learn a new language is through immersion.
This principal was trying to help the Hispanic kids learn English. Not to disparage Spanish in any way.
I have known Hispanic immigrant families who did the same thing at home. One young lady told me her dad would ream into them if he heard Spanish being spoken in the home.
Oh hell! Mexicans don’t even speak proper Spanish.
“Mexicans dont even speak proper Spanish.”
The majority of Mexicans can’t read or write the language either. They speak the Spanish version of ebonics and are functional illiterates.
Absolutely correct. I once did some research on the "black" specific journals, TV shows, etc. and gave up after more than 5 pages of entries. The same can be said for Hispanic and Asian. The 9th Circus has even upheld that children cannot wear the American flag on May 5th.
NO, you raving bigot, it tells them that they are living in the USA and not in Mexico, or some point further south. At least that's what it should tell them.
Here in Atlanta my friend’s dad would rail her if she picked up ebonics.
His favorite saying was “there IS an R in four and is NOT one in idea.” Haha
A means to the end of protecting teacher numbers?
I feed bad for some of the kids who know NO English and get no help at home, but there’s no faster way to learn English than immersion. Immersion with an American student mentor might be the best outcome possible.
Give me some Brazilians any day. They know how to speak proper Portuguese.
And they know how to read floor plans in English.
Some of the best wood flooring guys I've had were Brazilian. I never let them know I understood every word they said! Even when they were cursing me out about my flooring designs. Which was often!
They really hated when I threw in some parquet inlays.
“When you start banning aspects of ethnicity or cultural identity,” says Augustin Pinedo, director of the League of United Latin American Citizens Region 18, “it sends the message that the child is not wanted: ‘We don’t want your color. We don’t want your kind.’ They then tend to drop out early.”
It actually sends the exact opposite message.
And of course the characterization as banning is not honest.
I’d say Augustin Piñedo has a conflict of interest.
well, since more than half speak spanish lets require all the students to speak spanish.
If this crap continues we will see colleges conduct all classes in spanish so that these diverse students can exercise their cultural pride throughout their education.
Let’s start with spanish only and english only high schools.
Where are all those over inflated Texas egos?
Is it not clear the incremental take over of the U.S., right down to our language is well underway?
Texas will be a blue state soon. Demographics are destiny.
I’ll tell you a PC nightmare... A young member of my extended family (by marriage) was born in Russia came here while in grade school. The school system wanted to put him in an ‘English as second language’ type class. And since the only one available was a class taught in Spanish, that’s where he wound up... It messed up his education... and made his life more difficult until he got out of it some time and struggle later.
Seems this was done in Louisiana back in the day with another group.
“it sends the message that the child is not wanted:”
...uh, no. What it does is send the message that unless you want to spend your life picking apples, you should lean English. It also alerts the little bastard that he’s in America. Assimilate.
You ever been to Hempstead? The Mexicans can have it.
You bet it will...From the schools to media to government, they're indoctrinating the kiddies from 1st grade on....They're working on generation #3.
Sadly, the U.S. citizen Hispanic voters who will flip Texas to Democrat Blue are already in place, They’re just not old enough to vote yet.
For those who are able to admit the truth, this is certainly no secret.
So, I can’t count on Texas when I am ready to bail on NY? Good to know.
And a follow up. Why do drive up ATM's have Braille?
Prior to this epic government sponsored illegal invasion, can anyone imagine this happening 60 years ago in the once united and proud America?
Government aids and abets this illegal invasion of tens of millions and then forces the legitimate citizens to subsidize their own demise..