Allan on August 31st, 2019

The growth of the Hispanic population in the United States has been much-discussed in the media. Are Hispanics assimilating? Are they becoming Americans? Do they have the same interests as other Americans? Those are more controversial questions, and are questions that one can get into trouble for asking. And yet, they should be asked, and […]

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Allan on September 2nd, 2014

It’s that time of year again, when the kids traipse off to the old brick school house for another year of American education.    In my family, we’re all in the public school system, my sons as students, my wife as employee, and myself as a Spanish teacher.  So we’re right in the thick of it. […]

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Soccer’s quadrennial international championship tournament, the World Cup, is drawing to a close. What can be learned from it? For one thing, it shows that nationalism is alive and well.   Soccer fans travel thousands of miles to cheer on their national teams. Some of them wear bright colors of their national flags, or stereotypical […]

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Allan on November 9th, 2011

                   English is the language of our country, a critical component of our national identity.    If we didn’t  speak English we wouldn’t  be the same country.                    The primacy of  English  in the U.S.  is threatened today  by the growth of Spanish as a media, business and political language,   creating  an alternative  society with its […]

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Allan on October 29th, 2011

Is it right for students in a Spanish-language class in the U.S. to be required to recite the Mexican pledge of allegiance and national anthem?      That’s what occurred last month in Texas, and it was defended by the school administration.  The incident  took place in the “Achieve Early College High School”, located in McAllen, Texas, which […]

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