Monday, March 01, 2004

PERHAPS RALSTON SAUL READS OUR BLOGS

On Friday both The Middleman and I drew attention to a Globe and Mail online poll asking Canadains how they felt about official bilingualism. Both posts stimultated a significant flurry of comments on the subject.

Today in the Toronto Star, John Ralston Saul has an opinion piece of his own on the subject. Essentially, he writes that bilingualism has been a success to this point but that it has to move beyond the current level of achievment. He focuses mostly on the need to expand bilingual programmes in universities through a greater emphasis on bicultralism.

Much of the history of Canada has been the negotiation between majority and minority cultural groups, beginning with the French and English. A greater understanding of these processes and peoples through increased bilingual and bicultral education would certainly be welcome

Posted by Matthew @ 6:16 PM