Monday, November 17, 2008

And more questionable decisions .....

The Australian government wants to limit traditional language teaching in bilingual schools despite the fact that Australia's Race Discrimination Commissioner says bilingual teaching is one of few success stories in the recent history of Northern Territory education.

Is this a case of xenophobia - foreigner fear? That continuation of indigenous language might be a threat because "we don't know what they might be saying about us?" Or is it simple stupidity?

I'm all for a common language and - despite it's peculiarities and history - it looks like English is it. But never at the expense of a person's own language surely.

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