Fair dinkum thinkum
- Mar 7, 2007
- Basic Beliefs
- Strong Atheist
When I was a kid, a complaint that was bandied around was "They're over here now, why don't they speak English?" Those people had only one language themselves but carried the entrenched idea that English speakers were the norm, and everybody else could just toe the line.
Teaching other languages in primary school undercuts that prejudice. Kids grow up with the knowledge that there are other places with different ways of communicating and differing cultural practices. And that learning a second language requires more effort than acquiring the first.
Growing up in a monoculture, which Aus effectively was until relatively recently, made it way too easy to dismiss the human worth of people it was hard to communicate with, and you saw that all over the joint.
Does anyone know if Trump has a second language?
Are we confident that he has a first?