Speaking German in the Schools

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Rightfully so, there is a lot of talk today about people speaking English. Often times when we call the customer service department of a business we get someone who doesn’t speak English very well. 

This is a concern because often times, we as a customer are confused as to how best solve the problem we are calling about and to connect with someone who speaks broken English only makes the problem worse.

If people come to this country seeking a better life, they should make every effort to speak the native tongue. They come here to adapt to our way of life, not change our way of life to that from which they came. If they don’t want to live the American way of life, why did they come here?

My  ancestors migrated here  from Germany in the 1850s. They came to escape the oppression of Europe. They settled in the midwest with a lot of other German immigrants and began immediately to assimilate.  

True they did speak German for many years after that while learning the native tongue. The churches and schools in their community didn’t convert fully to English until 1906. 

It took fifty years for them to completely assimilate into the American Culture, it doesn’t happen overnight.

That is why it is important to have immigration quotas.

There is a big uproar today because some in government want to suspend immigration  for a while. Many oppose this not knowing what perils await us if we don’t put limits on it. 

The U.S. government did put a stop to immigration from 1924 until 1964 because we had so many Europeans coming here at the turn of the twentieth century. Because of the mass influx of immigrants, we were at the risk of losing our culture, if that were to happen, we all would lose what we have in this country to be thankful for, we would no longer be America and there wouldn’t be anywhere for people to come. We would all lose.

Again in 1979, President Jimmy Carter, a democrat imposed restrictions on immigration from Iran during the Iranian hostage crisis in the interest of national security, another necessary step.

For these and many other reasons, we need to put limits  on immigration, it’s not being inhumane to do so, it only makes good sense.


The author has been a writer/photographer for over thirty years. Specializing in nature and landscape photography, as well as studying native cultures.

His travels have taken him to most of the United States, as well as Australia, Belize, Egypt and the Canary Islands.

He has studied the Mayan culture of Central America as well as the aborigines of Australia. Photography has given him the opportunity to observe life in various parts of the world.

He has published several books about his adventures.

For more information, please consult his website,www.journeysthrulife.com.

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There is an extreme shortage of common sense in today’s world, When looking back in history, I soon discovered this has always been a problem, Benjamin Franklin once said, ”Of all the senses, common sense seems to be the one that is used the least.”

As simple as it may seem, many seem to be totally oblivious to it. Most if not all of the problems the world faces today could be solved if people would just sit back and think about what would seem to be the most obvious and simple solution to any issue. Often times people tend to over complicate the issues, when an easy and simple solution would be obvious.

I often think back to what my parents and grandparents believed and said, at the time I thought they were totally out of their mind and ignored it. I now wish I would have listened and followed their advice more often.

It is now evident they were a lot smarter than we gave them credit. Many times, in today’s world, the schools and universities can no longer be counted on to teach truth and values that will guide someone through life.


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