So, this definitely falls under the category “If I would’ve known then, what I know no.” I remember sitting in my high school Spanish class thinking what a waste of time it was. Boy was I wrong. Even though I was born and raised in New Mexico and surrounded by Spanish, I never learned to speak fluently. Sure I know the standard greetings. I know how to conjugate and I can make out a sentence every now and then. That’s about it. I’ve gotta say it’s one of my biggest regrets.
I had the chance to do a story recently on Hispanic children in the Henry County school district. Virginia as a whole is seeing more students come in speaking very little English (or at least it’s not their first language). The thing is, eventually, they’re learning it. It’s tough and sometimes seems impossible, but they are learning because of teachers who refuse to give up.
Obviously, a topic like this can turn political, fast. From immigration, to “This is America, speak English”. The truth is, if we all sat back and thought about it, when has America ever been about just getting by, or just knowing the basics? Shouldn’t we pride ourselves on expanding our horizons?
I commend these kids who have two different languages under their belts. In my book, it makes them a little more knowledgeable and certainly more well-rounded. Perhaps we could all take a lesson from them.