Tuesday, December 09, 2008

Should we abandon our "mother-tongue"?, Part 3

"McDonaldisation of English"

What we see around us is the consequence of what sociologist George Ritzer would call the “McDonaldisation of Nothing” in which materials sold and consumed has no real value. What McDonaldisation of products, goods, and services – spread through the use of the English language – are goods that satisfy wants and not basic needs.This is the epoch of the global reach of the English language that is neither neutral nor spiritual.

The English we are asked to use to teach Mathematics and Science may further shackle our nation in a more complex Center-periphery, Metropole-submetrople, Coloniser-colonised, Brown skin –White mask relationship – if we are not careful with our policies. The English language in its present form is advancing the cause of the military-industrial complex of the Anglo-American empire of this millennium.Already, our economic and ideological landscape is predominantly English.

We argue that we are slow in technological innovation and therefore we are behind, arguing that the process of translating bodies of scientific and technological work is at a turtle’s pace whereas our material development projects are moving at break-neck speed. Therefore, the argument goes, we change policies of teaching the two languages, not realising the long-term base-superstructural implications we will see in decades to come.

2 comments:

Anonymous said...

Not just McDonaldisation Doc..

There's more AstroToonisation of kids' mother tongue among the Middle Class - complete with worldview, mindset, tone, syntax & all:)

chris_91 said...

referring to first comment, at least it shows the americans' commitment to honour local lingos...kinda overdue for our bahasa.

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