TO: LINGUISTS, LAWMAKERS, EDUCATIONISTS
I propose we make the following changes to the language of instruction in our public and private schools:
1. To teach Mathematics and Sciences in the standard Native Language of the learners;
2. To teach History, Social Science, Islamic Studies, and Moral Education in English
3. To teach Bahasa Melayu in Bahasa Melayu
4. To teach English in English
5. To offer World Languages as electives; emphasizing Mandarin and Arabic as the next major world languages
6. To provide children on newly arrived immigrants (Bangladeshis, Filipinos, Thais, Indonesians, Nepalese, Burmese, Nigerians, etc. ) with instructions in Second Language acquisition so that they may excel as well in our school system
7. To encourage students to learn Esperanto
8. To learn the language of Critical Theory and Critical Media Studies
9. To be interested in studying "dead languages" such as Old Slavonic, Hebrew, Avestan, Coptic, Old Tibetan, Latin, Sanskrit, Aramaic, Old Java, Pali, Sumerian/Acadian, Egyptian, etc. so that they may learn about etymology, philology, archaeology, codes and decodes, signs and symbols.
10. To encourage them to create new words or even a new system of language out of the multitude of languages they are learning in school. Instead of working on their own, students at all levels and all ethnicity, and all language background can work together in year-long projects exploring scientific, humanistic, ethical, and linguistic issues through the "many-languages approach."
11. To learn Sign Language.
Video on Sanskrit Language: