Date: Fri, 8 Sep 1995 14:07:20 MST From: Tom Uharriet Subject: English Only We all learn more of our own languages by studying others'. Whatever the law, we should all learn to speak outside of our own back yards. As far as legislation goes, I believe that an English Only law could help immigrants to integrate. Sometimes a little added motivation is a good thing. I am particularly thinking of the children. In the name of fairness, we have been seeking to teach them in their own language so that we would not leave them out of the education system. The result is that we teach the standard subjects and leave them out of the whole Engllish speaking society. Until they learn English, they will always be as foreigners (even if they and their parents were born here). Living in the US without being taught English certainly hurts them more than letting other academic subjects suffer for a few semesters. Some argue that theaching them English should be limited to their ESL (English as a Second Language) class. However, it is clear that total imersion in a language is the best way to teach it. It is learned much faster, much more completely, and much more permanantly. The entire educational system breaks down for these disadvantaged children when we drag out the English learning while teaching other subjects in other languages. Tom Uharriet Springville, Utah utom[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]