Timor again (sorry Lou)

Jose G. Perez jgperez at SPAMfreepcmail.com
Mon Nov 22 11:35:47 MST 1999

    I think this "multiculturalism" and "diversity" stuff is in many cases
meaningless drivel, in other cases worse.

    Take, for example, bilingual education. Who could be against it?

    Well I am. Or let me be more precise. I have been appalled and am
against every public school bilingual education program I've had the chance
to be in close contact with in the United States. They are in fact a form of
segregation and if one sat down to design a plan on how to foster illiteracy
in two languages, one would have probably come up with this plan.

    It is, for example, a well-known fact that the easiest way to learn a
language is through complete immersion. What do bilingual programs do?
Isolate children from English except for forty or fifty minutes a day, and
as early in their school careers as possible, when language learning is

    After three years during which the child internalizes a substandard
handling of English, the student is then sent to English-only curriculum, so
that whatever Spanish he did know will atrophy and do him absolutely no good
later in life.


-----Original Message-----
From: João Paulo Monteiro <jpmonteiro at mail.telepac.pt>
To: marxism at lists.panix.com <marxism at lists.panix.com>
Date: Monday, November 22, 1999 8:31 AM
Subject: Re: Timor again (sorry Lou)

>James M. Blaut wrote:
>> Joao:
>> You don't like "multi-culturalism." I hope that the meaning of this term
>> different in Portugal than  it is in the US, becvase NO progressives here
>> are opposed to multiculturalism, and for very good reasons.
>Most excellent professor,
>There would be much to say of multiculturalism as a philosophical
derivative of
>post-modernism and of its radical incompatibility with marxism.
>For now, suffice to say that if you think what the liberal US establishment
>thinks - even for the best of internal reasons -  is going to lead the
>peoples in their struggle throughout the world, you are heading for a most
>The only case I know of a multicultural state was South-Africa (with its
>bantustans). Maybe Israel will follow now.
>João Paulo Monteiro


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