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    Filed at 5:27 am under by dcobranchi

    Joanne Jacobs found a terrific example of the fine folks who are (allegedly) teaching the next generation:

    KANSAS CITY, Kan., Dec. 8 — Most of the time, 16-year-old Zach Rubio converses in clear, unaccented American teen-speak, a form of English in which the three most common words are “like,” “whatever” and “totally.” But Zach is also fluent in his dad’s native language, Spanish — and that’s what got him suspended from school.

    “It was, like, totally not in the classroom,” the high school junior said, recalling the infraction. “We were in the, like, hall or whatever, on restroom break. This kid I know, he’s like, ‘Me prestas un dolar?’ [‘Will you lend me a dollar?’] Well, he asked in Spanish; it just seemed natural to answer that way. So I’m like, ‘No problema.’ ”

    …[Principal] Watts, whom students describe as a disciplinarian, said she can’t discuss the case. But in a written “discipline referral” explaining her decision to suspend Zach for 1 1/2 days, she noted: “This is not the first time we have [asked] Zach and others to not speak Spanish at school.”

    This is just nativist bullshit! The district has wisely rescinded the policy, but they need to go a step further: Watts must go.

    UPDATE: I just can’t stop thinking about the lunacy. This is a high school. Do they not offer any foreign languages there? Perhaps even (God forbid) Spanish?

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