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Our granddaughter in California was turned down for a teaching job because she only had one year of Spanish instruction.
She is now a second grade instructor at a private school in Rancho Cucamonga.
Coincidentally, I had a conversation with a Hispanic woman who came to the Central California school where I work. She told me she hoped to get a job in admissions.
When I pointed out that we didn't have any openings, she advised me that "soon" current employees would be dismissed to hire bilingual employees.
According to her, the Spanish-speaking people in the U.S. will demand that people who read, speak and comprehend Spanish staff public facilities like hospitals, courthouses, etc.
We hear about the silent majority. But I think we are going to have to speak up or find ourselves a conquered country.
Joe Guzzardi comments: Within the near future, a bilingual requirement for employment in California education is a virtual certainty. Preference is automatically given to bilingual candidates. Those currently employed teachers who speak only English will be sent to language schools (on their own time and dime) to learn, within a relatively brief time period, Spanish or whatever other language its district deems appropriate.