ERIC Number: ED382034
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1995
Reference Count: N/A
English as Official Language: An Act of Unification or Segregation?
This report discusses four bills that have been introduced to the House of Representatives to amend Title IV of the United States Code to declare English as the official language of the United States, as well as for other purposes. The first two bills, H.R. 123 and H.R. 345, are both entitled the Language Government Act. they are very similar in that they recognize the ethnic, cultural, and linguistic diversity of the United States and propose the declaration of English as the official language of the United States as a means to unify the nation. H.R. 739, entitled the "Declaration of Official Language Act" was submitted to the House of Representatives on January 30, 1995. This bill is much more sweeping than the previous two in that it would not only establish English as the official language of the government but also as the "preferred" language of communication among citizens of the United States. The National Language Act, H.R. 1005 calls for termination of bilingual education programs and the repeal of bilingual voting requirements, but also goes into much more detail about how this should be done. It is suggested that the declaration of English as the official language will result in the opposite of what it intended; instead of integration, it will promote frustration, segregation, and discrimination between those who speak English and those who do not. (JL)
Publication Type: Information Analyses
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Joint National Committee for Languages, Washington, DC.
Identifiers: English Only Movement; United States