HEMPSTEAD, Texas (AP) — A Texas middle school principal has been placed on paid leave after she banned the speaking of Spanish by students while in class.
A Hempstead school district spokeswoman confirms that Amy Lacey has been placed on leave pending investigation of her Nov. 12 announcement on the intercom at Hempstead Middle School.
More than 50 percent of the school enrollment of about 330 students is Hispanic. KHOU-TV (http://bit.ly/1c9Uwpl) of Houston reports a letter sent by the district to school parents assured that neither the district nor any campus has any policy banning speaking Spanish.
School district spokeswoman Laurie Bettis says the district is committed to "embracing all students of all cultural and diverse backgrounds."
Hempstead is a town of about 6,000 about 50 miles northwest of Houston.
Information from: KHOU-TV, http://www.khou.com
Easier To Get A Job
According to the U.S Census Bureau, about 12 percent of U.S. residents speak Spanish at home. As a result rising number of jobs require spanish or at least prefer individuals who can speak spanish.
Your Children Will Speak Spanish
By 2050, the US will be the <a href="http://newamericamedia.org/2011/02/us-will-be-biggest-spanish-speaking-country-by-2050-says-scholar.php">largest Spanish speaking country</a>, according to Humberto López Morales, the general secretary of the Association of Spanish Language Academies.
Bilingual In A Global World
In an increasingly global world, being bilingual makes you a more competitive force in society for jobs, travel, speaking to clients abroad.
You Should Learn For When You Travel
With 329 million native speakers, <a href="http://www.ethnologue.com/ethno_docs/distribution.asp?by=size">according to Ethnologue</a>, Spanish is the second most commonly spoken language in the world. Get to know your hemispheric neighbors in Latin America and fake your with through Portuguese in Brazil with your new language skills.
Helps Your English
Spanish is derived from Latin, like many words in English (via French). Learning Spanish will boost your vocab by familiarizing you with words that have fallen out of everyday use in English, but have common equivalents in Spanish.
Second Most Commonly Spoken Language In U.S.
You're bound to run into someone who speaks only Spanish in your daily life.
Makes It Easier To Learn A Third Language
Once you learn one language it's easier to learn others.
Makes You Smarter
That's right -- the latest research shows that speaking being bilingual improves cognitive skills unrelated to language.
Some Industries Demand Spanish Speakers
Kathryn Gilles, a new registered nurse at Sutter Memorial Hospital, in Sacramento, Calif., puts information into a patient's chart under the supervision of her mentor, Eileen Anderson, R.N., BSN, Friday, Aug. 17, 2012. California's jobless rate remained unchanged at 10.7 precent in July, as the state saw slow employment growth, adding a little more then 25,000 jobs. The figure released Friday by the California Employment Development is an improvement over the state's 11.9 percent unemployment rate of a year ago. Jobs were added last month to health care, the government sector, financial and professional services, education and the hospitality industry. But job losses were seen in construction, manufacturing, transportation and information sectors. (AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli)
It's Not A Hard Language To Learn
Chinese requires learning tones. French is spelled funny. Arabic has a different alphabet. Spanish, on the other hand, is spelled phonetically and many of the words are similar to English.
To Improve Cultural Understanding
Latinos are one of the fast-growing populations in the United States. English may be the country's most commonly spoken language, but America doesn't have an official language. We come from all around the world, and some 50 million of us have our roots in Spanish-speaking countries. Spanish can often help you get to know your neighbors.
Reduces Risk Of Alzheimer's
Seriously, for real. Fluency in two languages reduces risk of Alzheimer's. Source: CBS
Watch Foreign Movies Without Reading Subtitles
Understand the subtleties and get the jokes in real time next time you watch a film from Latin America or Spain once you master the language.
Expand Your Dating Pool
Knowing another language, especially one popular in your own country boosts the amount of potential dating partners you might find. Know how to flirt in Spanish and get a leg up on the competition.
Accomplish Routine Tasks On The Border
Ever find yourself in downtown Laredo, Texas or somewhere in Miami without an English speaker in sight? Learning to speak Spanish will take care of the problem.
Impress Your Friends
Americans have a reputation for being monolingual, though about <a href="http://www.nytimes.com/2012/01/15/opinion/sunday/are-we-really-monolingual.html">20 percent of us speak a language other than English</a> at home. Impress your friends by joining the ranks of the bilingual. Better yet -- help them learn too!
Understand Foreign Song Lyrics
Curious why those tango singers are wailing about so dramatically? Want to know what those reggaeton guys are yelling about? Interested in knowing what the salsa your dancing to means? Learn Spanish and find out.