Foreign language in schools needs translation
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on Sep 26, 2007
Foreign language in elementary schools (FLES) is a good idea that needs more definition, Palo Alto's Board of Education told district representatives Tuesday night.
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posted Tuesday, September 25, 2007, 11:49 PM
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Posted by Cautious Family
a resident of Old Palo Alto
on Sep 27, 2007 at 10:56 pm
Mandarin is the language that the Communist Government in Beijing is forcing upon the other Chinese people in other provinces. They are forbidding them to teach and use their native dialects.
Hanban is the Ministry of Education in Beijing, and they are linked to the Confucius Institute.
It has been the communist government that has been subsidizing these trips across the WORLD to wine and dine State Legislators, Universities, and unsuspecting cash strapped school board officials.
Once they get to China, they are enamored with everything Asian (if they have never lived there), and go back to their countries, states, and school districts feeling enlightened to start a Mandarin programs.
The communist government is delighted because people fall for it so easily.
This is such a typical communist tactic that I could just scream.
Every time a program gets launched, they immediately fill their newspapers around the world to make it seem like it was a huge and welcome success, while it is nothing more than communist propaganda.
Hanban has already managed to influence The College Board, and it all began with a trip sponsored by Hanban.
This is a global launch of Mandarin by China, and some papers in Canada and overseas have referred to it as China's newest soft power weapon, in their attempt to become the next world super power.
It is sad, since not all Chinese speak Mandarin. There are a lot of problems going on internally inside China. China is a huge country, and they are not united in one language.
My husband is on a conference call at this very moment (almost 11pm) in our kitchen. He is speaking to Hong Kong, Singapore, India, and waiting for his manager in France to join in. He is a senior director of Global IT. All of his top managers are foreign nationals and speak English perfectly. English bonds them all together in conversation, and allows them to exchange their diverse ideas.
I can not imagine his managers in India, France, Singapore, and Hong Kong being able to communicate with one another in Mandarin. His two Chinese managers do not even speak Mandarin.
Additionally, we have lived in Asia for more than five years.
As a side issue, if you happen to ask someone who is Chinese in Singapore, Thailand, or Hong Kong if they speak Mandarin, they feel very uncomfortable. They would feel like you are perhaps questioning their level of intelligence. The reason? . . . They don't speak Mandarin. They speak another dialect of Chinese.
I understand it is hard for people here to discern what is hard propaganda and what is not. We must use a clear mind when making our choices about starting programs which may not be unnecessary.
I feel that we should focus our efforts and resources on foundational programs in math, science, English, writing, world history, debate, and leadership skills.
These are my personal feelings, others people are entitled to their personal feelings.
If the parents, voters, and students want a Mandarin program, it should be approved by vote, and funded with money from our country, and not from a communist country.
There is a possibility that some of these other grants may have received funding from China through Hanban.
I have someone looking into this tangled mess right now.
I believe that if China has a hand in any of these grant programs, we should simply walk away from accepting them, simply on the moral principal of it.
I am currently having this investigated. The US government is notoriously slow on these kinds of things.
I know, because I used to work for the U.S. State Dept.
I am having someone work on this to unravel it.
I initially thought this was a local issue, but it has turned out to be a very tangled global issue.
Simply put, it's a mess!
If you would like my opinion on languages (I speak several) I would say go with Spanish. Not only is it fun, the kids will be able to use it and identify with it more. They can always learn a tonal Asian language later in life (my husband and I both did when we were over age 30).