I was gone all of two and a half years. However, during that short time Ohio changed. Alot.
There are even more places to shop and eat. As if we really needed more. But, that is a small thing compared to another issue that is more important.
I see a “new” Mexican immigration where before the biggest immigration to be seen around Dayton, Ohio was from India. Other than overhearing the occasional Indian speaking in their native language, my world was not changed due to this or any other immigration. Until now.
Since coming back to live in Ohio, I have seen Mexican faces all around me. I hear Spanish daily. I see Spanish translations on signs and brochures everywhere. When I call my bank or phone company I must push 1 for English or 2 for Spanish. I hear only Spanish being spoken in serveral McDonalds food preparation areas.
I am not sure how I feel about it all. One thing that I am sure of is that it is not going to be easy for us to undo what is being done now.
We will live with the fact that Spanish is growing faster than we could have imagined while there is no real push for these people to learn English. Spanish is America’s second language without question.
My question is…How will we balance it all and shouldn’t there be a requirement for English to be taught to non-English speakers? I would rather see money poured into this than into a “war” that is has nothing to do with American people rather than gready leaders.
What worries me is that it isn’t like Spanish is being spoken in only some areas. It has spread throughout the country. So, how do we teach Spanish speaking children? How do teachers communicate with parents that don’t speak English well. How will these families thrive in an English speaking country beyond their Spanish speaking freinds and families?
English is being pushed aside for the money that Spanish speakers bring to the retail market. After all that is what it is all about, really.
In my opinion, every American will soon be required to speak English and Spanish in order to make it in our consumer driven America. Will the Spanish speakers be required to do the same? I am not so sure about that.
I have been watching a trend. A trend of catering to Spanish speakers without the requirement or programs put in place for these same speakers to learn English.
I think that America will regret all this translating. In my honest opinion, we will, sooner rather than later, be lost in it all.