Speak American: Teacher's Rebuke Shows Cluelessness

Speak American: Teacher's Rebuke Shows Cluelessness

Dozens of high school students in Cliffside Park, New Jersey, staged a walk-out protest last week in response to an English teacher's xenophobic remarks to students speaking Spanish to one another. One of the students said that they “were speaking about the Yankees” in their native language, “because that's how [they] feel more comfortable.” “Military men and women are fighting [who] are not fighting for your right to speak Spanish,” their teacher said. “They're fighting for your right to speak American.” This is not an isolated incident; earlier this year, a substitute teacher in South Carolina said to a student: "Go back to where you speak Spanish if you don't want to speak English."

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