Amendment 31 an impossible task
October 31, 2002
I am a Basalt High School student and I feel strongly against Amendment 31. This amendment asks for foreign-speaking students to speak English within one year. Its encouraging knowing that many of the people here are not supporting it.
Those people who have decided to pass it, consider this: I have been taking Spanish classes for three years. I know from that experience that I cannot speak, write, read, or understand Spanish fluently in that amount of time. So you can’t even expect foreign kids to fluently speak or write another language after one year.
Besides the fact that it’s impossible, it would be such a distraction. The students who know the language would be held back from their learning level, so the others who don’t know the language could catch up. This is why they have ESL classes.
Another problem would be the increase of school dropouts. Why would you want to go to school if you couldn’t understand any of it? This amendment would affect not only the high school students but the elementary and junior high students as well. If adults couldn’t even learn it how could an 8- or 9-year-old learn it?
For the people who would like to see Amendment 31 passed, prove this to me: Send your kid to an all-Spanish school and prove that they could speak write, read and understand Spanish within one year. Or even better, prove me wrong that you could speak, read, write and understand Spanish or any other language under one year.
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