The Importance Of Speaking Your Family 's Language Essay

1999 Words Dec 1st, 2015 8 Pages
Does speaking your family’s language in school leave you at a disadvantage? Richard Rodriguez states “It is not possible for a child-any child- ever to use his family’s language in school. Not to understand this is to misunderstand the public uses of schooling and to trivialize the nature of intimate life- a family’s language.” This statement is one controversial issue that has been in many recent discussions; the implementation of a student’s private language in a public school setting. On the one hand, bilinguist advocates argue that the implementation of a private language into a school atmosphere is beneficial since students would gain a better understanding of their language than of the one already established. On the other hand, those opposed contend that, “using a family’s language in school may cause the trivialization of their intimate life and the purpose of of the public school system altogether.” Though many arguments claim that using family language in a school setting is beneficial, it is not; a child should not use their private language in school, by doing so the public uses of schooling aren 't harmed and their intimate life is kept safe. The purpose of public schooling is to allow all students to have an equal opportunity to an education. Keeping a private intimate life is important for a student because it gives them an intimate side to their otherwise public lives.
The implementation of a private language on a school environment denies a child a sense of…

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