Loss of Language - Carter Gilton
For many Americans, the language they first spoke was not English. With that, the United States faces an increasingly difficult issue of losing its languages.
Spanish speakers make up a huge and important piece of American culture and community, but struggle to keep their native or family tongue in a system that neglects the first language in favor of solely English.
By recognizing the cycles that bring this issue about and understanding key pivot points in our system, we can push for a better society and help curb the loss of language. Truly bilingual schools, investment in Spanish resources like newspapers and community events, mandates for Spanish healthcare resources in areas that are majority Spanish-speaking: All these could have expanding and hugely benificial effects for all communities around the country.
As the world changes around us and cultures begin to intertwine, we have to be ready to look out the systems in place within our society and adapt them to serve not just one group, but the global community. Nations are more connected than ever, and seeking to adapt school systems, federal systems, and even healthcare to better serve a more connected world will make for more sustainable lives and halt the loss of language.