Principal Bans Hispanic Students From Speaking Spanish in School

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spanishSo much for encouraging kids to be themselves. A Texas principal banned Hispanic students from speaking Spanish. The reason? Reportedly to "prevent disruptions." Never mind the fact that this is Texas and that 50 percent of the student body is Hispanic. But there is another reason this may be one of the most asinine rules a school administrator has ever instituted.

Principal Amy Lacey announced that no Spanish was to be spoken in the classrooms over the intercom. When one student protested that it was her first language, a teacher reportedly responded, "Well, you can get out!"

Some students are so fearful of getting caught, they won't utter a word in Spanish. Kids and parents say this is a blatant form of discrimination and it's hard to dispute that. It's also incredibly destructive. These days, kids are confronted with so many things that make them feel bad about themselves. Airbrushed images of models and actors make them feel they aren't pretty enough. The country's obsession of designer labels they can't afford makes them feel inadequate and poor. Now they are being told they cannot even embrace their culture. They are not allowed to be themselves. This is so wrong.

How is chattering in Spanish any more disruptive than gabbing away in English? Students shouldn't be doing that during class in any language. Perhaps she should have made a general rule against talking during class -- not make it language-specific.

Fortunately, parental and community reaction has been strong enough to compel the school board to put the principal on paid leave. And they have issued a statement that they don't support any such policy. Let's just hope the damage done to these kids is repairable.

Do you think there is any justification for what this principal did?


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nonmember avatar woohoo

If I moved to France I'd learn to speak French..they moved here..please speak English

adamat34 adamat34

Its.not discrimination...we do live in the USA. English is what we speak.

nonmember avatar Sara

Ah yes.. Houston. Houston schools are pathetic thanks to it's horrible administrators.

nonmember avatar EXhoustonian

The administrator is a moron. If you want to avoid disruptions then tell the class to shut up. That is all. Students speaking Spanish, Mandarin, or ebonics (which I suspect she has zero issue with) is within the students rights and I'm glad this administrator was placed on leave!

socal... socalmommy13

I agree with adamat34! If we went to their country we would have to learn and speak Spanish....so why are we so accommodating. My kids are dealing with this very thing right now.

nonmember avatar veganmomma

To those who say speak English, THEY DO. They just happen to speak Spanish as well. If you don't like being monolingual then learn a second language. We are learning a third in my house. No wonder the US education system is falling way behind. All other developed countries are bilingual.

Zenezzy Zenezzy

It is discrimination.  No other language was banned.  There is nothing making English the official language. I remember a substitute teacher trying to tell us we couldn't speak Spanish in highschool.  She actually wrote us up and ended being removed from the sub list because we stood up for our rights and those in charge knew that she was wrong just like that administror was wrong.

nonmember avatar Ocgirl19

Our school in Southern California banned Spanish in the classrooms 5years ago. We are 80% Hispanic. The "rule" was part of an intervention program and resulted in an increase in test scores for three years straight (we leveled out but still maintain the highest test scores in our district). The delivery may have sucked but this principal is on the right track!

Cynthia Parten

Actually you guys are wrong that say you have to speak that language when going to another country. I spent my honeymoon in France and I was amazed at how many people spoke English. The French generally try to speak English because there are a LOT of people who travel from London to France for business or whatever, not to mention the American tourists. Other countries actually have no problem learning the language of people visiting there. But Americans are too arrogant about it.

adamat34 adamat34

Zene....English IS the official.language of the US....did you miss that in hs government? Or grow up somewhere else?

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