English as Our Official Language is Unnecessary
Dr. Marsha Beckwith-Howard
March 10, 2011
The United States has been without an official language for more than two centuries. With a steady increase in immigration and over 300 different languages currently spoken in the United States today, there is much controversy in the proposal of English becoming the official language of the United States. This controversy targets many areas, such as, education, economy, and constitutional rights, just to name a few. There are numerous articles containing research, concerns, and opinions about English becoming the United States’ official language, which targets many of the previously mentioned areas. These article have been produced from, historical, statistical, opinionated, and many other standpoints. With all the back and forth on this issue, throughout history and today, is English any closer to becoming the official language than it was over 200 years ago? Initial investigation of various articles addressing this controversial subject indicates the need for an official language is an unnecessary step for this nation to undertake.
English is already the most widely spoken language in the United States. Although this statement may present the argument that it only makes since to implement it as the nation’s official language, this implementation is not necessary. Throughout history there has been suggestions of establishing an official language, however the government has been reluctant to do so for one reason or another. An example of this is presented in the fifth edition of A Candidate’s Briefing Paper published by the English Language Political Action Committee (ELPAC) titled Language in America- History of English as America’s Common Language, where they include text from The Works of John Adams, In 1780, John Adams wrote to the President of Congress, arguing that Americans should "force their language into general use."(Vol. 7,...