Instead of promoting assimilation, the Obama administration is promoting the opposite. It now wants states to encourage students to retain separate languages and cultural attachments. This new policy doesn’t formally compel states to act, but failure to comply may result in the loss of federal dollars.
Heritage’s Mike Gonzalez writes:
The Administration’s recommendation risks deepening cleavages in American society by perpetuating cultural splits. Its proposed action would not help promote the linguistic skill most highly correlated with success and assimilation in the U.S.: English-language proficiency.
He recommends Congress should do two things:
- Immediately hold hearings to probe the decision and push back against this divisive policy
- Clarify that states will not be penalized for refusing to comply with the policy
Do you think the government should promote assimilation, or should government promote ethnic divisions as the Obama administration proposes?