User profile: ekoorbr
- RegisteredJuly 22, 2008
- RegisteredJuly 22, 2008
Flengs inadvertantly makes the case against censorship, and is a perfect and real-life example of why these posts and reviews should not be deleted: he recognizes that BillDan's post was "over the line" and so chooses to banish him in his own mind. The basic idea of censorship in this context is based on a mistrust of people's ability to think clearly and critically. Flengs demonstrates that he can, and so will disregard BillDan's post. Problem solved. People have their own lines in their own minds; they don't need an authority to set it for them. Let people think for themselves and generally, on the whole, they will show themselves to be rational.
Just speaking English to the toddler and addressing him as you would a kid that age might suffice. When you say, "Wow, you stacked five blocks! Let's see if you can do six," the kid will get it pretty quickly and will start replying, as long as you see the child often enough and have a good relationship. If you really want to be stringent about it, you can follow the one-parent(caretaker)-one-language approach and insist that the child address you in English as well.
I co-manage two English-language high schools in Kunming that send students to foreign countries for university. The vast majority of our students go to US universities, but a few go to the UK, Australia, and Canada, among other countries.
Some thoughts on this topic:
Most of our students and their families prefer to apply to US universities probably because of branding and cultural hegemony, but also relevant are business partnerships and the sheer number of US universities compared to those of other countries.
We hire native or near-native speakers. A little over half of our teachers are Americans, but among our foreign teaching staff we also have people from England and Australia, as well as non-native speakers from several countries and a few Chinese-Americans. We hire dedicated (and qualified) teachers regardless of where they're from or the color of their skin. I suspect that our foreign teaching staff is dominated by Americans mostly because of the composition of Kunming's English-speaking teaching community.
We encourage (force) our students to become familiar with different English accents, and continually remind them and their parents that several of their university professors likely will have non-American accents, and that they might end up doing business with people from many different countries.
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