Tuesday, June 01, 2010

English Only in higher ed: Shekleton's Law

This article from the Chronicle of Higher Education reports that the president of Kaplan College's Chula Vista campus lost his job for trying to enforce English Only. The incident involved a side conversation in class in Spanish.

James F. Shekleton gets it right in a quote at the end of the piece:
If you start legislating language, you're going to end up with a mess.
I hereby dub this Shekleton's Law. It has vast implications for language planning and policy people, obviously. They will need some time to digest it, no doubt.

The image is from here, and you probably should go there to get some further context on this topic ... and to understand the image.

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