When we recognize the importance of language, we realize the much larger social and political implications of what we words we speak. This is why language instruction and use in the United States has been contentious for so long, and is arguably the case for any nation. The language our children learn is the culture they with which they will identify. Language use is taking an interesting turn in the United States, according to the Pew Research Center's Hispanic Trends data released this week.
Understanding this trend is important for the TWIN-CS principals, mentors, and teachers, as they consider their students and their families. "Despite this drop-off in use, most Latinos agree that speaking Spanish is a vital skill. In a 2011 Pew Research Center survey, nearly all Latinos said it was important that the next generation of Latinos in the U.S. speak Spanish. Yet many Latinos (71%) say it’s not necessary to speak Spanish to be considered Latino, a 2015 survey found."
-Mary Bridget Burns