Wrong. It is in Fairfax County just 10 miles from the White House.
Fairfax County Public Schools are generally a barometer of trendy "progressive" fads that spread throughout the nation, so watch out!
Two questions for Fairfax County Public Schools and, in particular, the principal of this particular school:
1) What kind of message does this send to Hispanic students trying to learn English?
2) Is it fair to privilege one ethnic group above others in the United States?
We have always been a multiracial melting pot with English as the unifying language. Students from all over the world from Asia to Africa, Europe to South America learn English as their first foreign language. They expect that English will be national language of America.
Except hare-brained liberals who have been indoctrinated in socialist multiculturalism. They feel that "career day" and "PTA meeting" are far too difficult for Hispanics to understand. Therefore, they must translate everything for them. At the same--a real plus for liberal education leaders like this principal of Bucknell--they feel they come across as elite, sensitive to foreign cultures, and oh so much more understanding than those Americans who wish for Hispanics to learn our national language and assilimilate for their own good and the good of our country.
There is a huge disconnect going on here: The elite liberals want to show their sensitivity for all the world to praise; Hispanic parents simply want their children to learn English and would rather their children be immersed in the English language, something that liberals are loathe to accept. After all, without bilingual education and multiculturalism, they cannot demonstrate how much they care and receive promotions and kudos from other elites.
Bilingual education is a dangerous multicultural trend that is both harmful to students and society.
Here are some suggestions for further research. Check out:
1) Linda Chavez's think tank Center for Equal Opportunity. They have excellent resources for combatting harmful bilingual education.
2) Matt Sanchez's editorial about bilingual education and his experiences with it, despite being born in the U.S.A.
3) Mexifornia, the terrific essay by Victor Davis Hanson.
4) Articles about bilingual education from Education Next, the terrific education magazine by the Hoover Foundation.
If liberals in Fairfax County Public Schools are going to go ahead and show their sensitivity by translating everything into Spanish for Hispanic parents, there would be one thing I would like to have them translate: a message by the Diocese of Arlington telling parents about their pledge to not turn any parent who wants their children to be educated in Catholic schools, no matter what the financial conditions or legal status of the parents.
One thing all Hispanic parents should do: Pull your kids out of "progressive" Fairfax County schools and place them into solid Catholic schools, where your kids will get an excellent American education, great universal Catholic values, and valuable character education, and they will be much more likely to achieve success and avoid joining gangs. They will learn Catholic ritual and not feel a need to get the ritual and values they lack in nihilistic Fairfax County schools from gang members.