Good vs. Good Enough: The Dark Side of Accommodating Linguistic Diversity in Academic Institutions
This paper speaks to the problems created by accommodating linguistic diversity at San Jose State University, a campus of the California State University System. Waves of immigration from around the world have populated SJSU's classrooms with a heterogeneity unimaginable in other parts of the U.S., making SJSU one of the most culturally and linguistically diverse places on earth. More than 50% of its students are non-native speakers and writers of English or members of "Generation 1. 5"; most, native and non-native alike, arrive with poor skills, the result of California's public school's lack of attention to old-fashioned literacy — reading and writing critically. Accommodating their linguistic diversity has resulted in a lowering of expectations from "good" to "good enough." Perpetuating this situation will eventually result in the creation of a scribal society very like that of the middle ages.
Keywords: Linguistic Diversity, Political Correctness, Social Agendas
Dr. Bonita Cox
Assistant Professor, Department of English and Comparative Literature, San Jose State University