Re: RE: Should seperatists be allowed second chances??Apr 16th, 2006
Anyone wanting to speak the language of their choice? :P
I rmember teaching English in a Quebec highscool years ago. And we were talking about bill 101. All the teachers said that if they had the individual choice, they'd send their kid to English school because of its economic advantages (English is just too difficult to learn as a foreign language for most of them). but they all said, without exception, that they supported bill 101 precisely for that reason. If everyone could choose English, they al would, and French would die withina few generations except maybe as the family lanuage or the one spoken at the cafe. But French would certainly dye as the language of science and technology.
So choice is elusive. What is choice? Sometimes people choose to remove choice from themselves. And that is wehre the sovereignist movement comes in. They feel suffocated by English in North America and so try to produce opportunities in their own native language and so beleive that sovereignty could somehow solve this problem. After all, putting food on the table isn't a choice. Learning a language might be a choice or luxory for a native speaker of English, but for the rest of the world, learning English IS NOT A CHOICE in the real sense of the word.