Goshen News, Goshen, IN

Letters to the Editor

August 21, 2013

Put English-speaking kids first

I wonder how many people in Goshen know that a great deal of the kindergarten day is spent interpreting for the Spanish-speaking students in the class. It’s sad when a kindergarten student says he’s bored because he has to wait after everything the teacher says for an interpreter to relay the information to the kids who don’t speak English.

I thought kindergarten was where the foundation for learning the official language of Indiana and the United States of America, English, was laid. Kindergarten students born in this country should have a good enough working knowledge of the English language to not need a translator to get through a school day. The others should have to show age-appropriate competency in English before being enrolled in Indiana schools, in this case, Goshen Community Schools.

I have had many children their age act as interpreter for their parents and grandparents in stores where I work. Is this where our school bus money is being spent, on Spanish interpreters? It’s time to put American students first.

Who knows how many of the other grades are wasting valuable school hours waiting for information to be translated.

Our tax dollars are, once again, paying for services for people who, most likely, aren’t here as legal immigrants. When are the citizens of Goshen and Indiana going to wake up and tell their government representatives, in no uncertain terms, that they are tired of footing the bill for welfare, health care, schooling and other “free” programs for people who are not in this country under legal circumstances?

— Bob and Deb Clarke

Goshen

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