Using China as the example and as a matter of history, The People’s Republic came about through the genocide inflicted by Mao Tse Tung. This should not be compared to the American Revolution which was a movement designed to structure the “Great Experiment” that is the United States of America which is a government by the people and for the people but instead was brought about by the “political power that grows out of the barrel of a gun” as Mao put it himself.
As hinted before, understanding the mindset of other cultures has given me a greater appreciation for American exceptional-ism which I believe would be undermined in the minds of our children should we endorse one foreign language (or focus on one alone) as opposed to granting them a choice of their own. As a side note, please allow me to clarify that the term “American exceptional ism” does not mean better than or superior in any way, shape or form but what it does mean is that we live in a country where the freedom to create, learn and achieve is granted to individuals who wish to embark on that journey and are free to do so.
As a child of divorce, poverty and abuse I can attest to the benefits of that freedom which has allowed me to choose my own path. We have the freedom to try whereas in most other countries that freedom has been taken away by either a repressive or corrupt government who sought its own gain under the guise of taking care of the poor. Here we have the freedom to express and worship whereas in most other countries expression is met with dire consequences. I simply feel that we should not nudge our children into a position where they may come to possibly admire a country with lesser freedoms than our own. So to clarify, I believe it is one thing to create an official foreign language and focus on that than it is to simply give the option of learning it.
Although I speak fluent Spanish I am not advocating endorsing Spanish as an official language either. What I am advocating is the freedom of choice and that each student given the opportunity to pursue the language that he/she feels will lead them to whatever destiny they have in store and that they may find it for themselves.
Think you want to be like the Chinese?
Here are some interesting facts about China according to the Business Insider.
140 million Chinese farmers have had their farms seized by the government in the past 17 years.
Since 2003, the cost of housing in China has tripled.
If he spent his entire yearly income on housing, the average Beijing resident could buy 6 square feet of residential property.
China has 64 million vacant homes. Entire cities are empty.
Chinese credit card debt is projected to surge 600 times in five years.
500 million Chinese living on less than $2 a day
493 mass protests every day.
When you buy Chinese stocks you’re financing the government
China executes 3x as many people as the rest of the world combined.
20% of Chinese exports go to the United States