Is there anything journalistically wrong with this headline on the front page of our favorite newspaper this morning?
English-only bill faces tough fight?
Nothing, unless of course it is NOT true!
The bill states that:It is important for certain people, you see, to deny that English is perhaps our most precious intellectual and cultural heritage. They cannot reconcile themselves with history as it has truly and really been lived by the Filipino people during the last one hundred years or more. They would deny that we are now part of the Western world and the Anglosphere, and irrevocably so. They would cast the nation down to the Babel of a language and ethnic apartheid composed of over 160 separate languages and barely limnable tribal affiliations. They believe in a silly set of ideas, falling under a mistaken appreciation of the "Mother Language hypothesis" that serves only one master: political correctness. At the practical level, they steadfastly refuse to see to the real needs of our global, mobile work force: the overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) whose singular edge of acceptability and assimilability has been the English language. Likewise, they would shut our doors, xenophobically, to the vast opportunities in call centers, back office operations, software development, technical support, medical and legal transcription services, etc. in order to maintain the current education system's strange arrangement, in which more than half the teaching time is done in the vernacular instead of the global lingua anglica.
* English, Filipino or the regional/native language may be used as the teaching language in all subjects from pre-school to Grade 3;
* English shall be the teaching language in all academic subjects from Grades 4 to 6, and in all levels of high school;
* English and Filipino shall be taught as separate subjects in all levels of elementary and high school;
* The current language policy prescribed by the Commission on Higher Education shall be maintained in college; and
* English shall be promoted as the language of interaction in schools.