Tuesday, January 03, 2006

Toward A United America.

Shortly before Christmas, a history teacher and I discussed about America and its languages. He brought up that America should adopt the English language as its official language due to monies and quicker immersion of immigrant childrens in our schools with English. That's right, you read it here, America does not have any official recognized language.

English as America's official language isn't something I would care strongly enough to push for until few days ago, a light bulb went on in my head. If English became America's official language then we should PUSH for American Sign Language (ASL) to be America's official sign language! How about that!?! The bad news is that I've googled over the web that pushing English as America's official language has failed and failed over time...but if you're interested, here's a link you can check out.

This doesn't mean, the reality of having ASL as an official sign languge is dead. I've learned while our federal government doesn't have any official language BUT 29 states have recognized English as the official language. These 29 states presents us an opportunity to push ASL as the official sign language in those states. Georgia is one of them, I'll be checking out to see what I can do. To find the list of 29 states that recognize English as their official language, go to here.

"The one absolute certain way of bringing this nation to ruin, or preventing all possibility of its continuing to be a nation at all, would be to permit it to become a tangle of squabbling nationalities. We have but one flag. We must also learn one language and that language is English."
--Theodore Roosevelt

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