Thursday, December 18, 2008
English is just a language.
As a respond for my friend vanguard for his entry about English in Science and Mathematics,I'm glad that this issue has been viewed,either love or hate it,the issue about Science and Maths in English is already cripples our society,whether all of you realizing it,or not.
English,is a language,rooted from East Germanic tribe Anglo-Saxon,which traveled to British Isles after the mass movement of German tribe Angeln since Rome ages,and contribute for development of capital city of Rome's province of Brittania,Londinium,known as London.
After the collapse of Rome Empire,the English develops to rule themselves in the isles.However,native population of Celtic(represents Irish,Scottish,Brittany,Wales and Isle of Man,that's why Ezreen so proud to be Celtic FC fan,I guess..),and this German intruders suddenly established England as their kingdom,and with wars and mass murders of the Celtic,this barbaric German tribes becomes force of British Isles.And the monarch established,after the conquest of Kent and Sussex from Mercia in 825.Cut the history,this German tribe suddenly became the greatest superpower in the world,and conquered East to West,as East as Samoan islands and West of Hawaii.
Pax Brittanica,happens since War of Waterloo in 1815 until World War II,as establishing that only English culture considers as "culture".And since then,English became so important that we all need to learn English,while they don't even need to learn our language.
After World War II,the superpowers turns hand to America.Since America also speaks English,the supremacy of English as international language accepted by whole world,except for those who refuse to use it,(Spanish,French etc.)
Why we need to learn English?Some says it's an international language.By enforcement of this superpower(British and America),we simply accept this as "international language".
Nowadays people in the world considers that whoever can't speaks English-it's like your IQ be leveled down,because you can't communicate with your boss,your lecturer,your peers,your business partner.If we travels to Sweden,we speaks English,not Swedes.If we travels to Poland,we speaks English,not Polish.This is ridiculous.I believe IQ is nothing related with your mother tongue it is.
And whoever uses bombastic words of English considers as the great person.And actually,our mind still accepts this hegemony after globalization urging us for multilateral co-operation.
And lately,our idiot government still insist for Science and Math in English.What makes a different to teach Science and Math in English,or in Malay?I believe during Islamic civilization,they speaks Arabic for Maths.No problem right?In Japan where Science and Maths rules,they speaks Japanese,not English.
If some of us urging that English is "knowledge language",I believe you should re-consider your mind.What is language?Language is the art of human communication.Artist uses artistic languages,scientist uses scientific languages,and politicians uses political languages.As simple as that.So,for me,whatever make students understand,use that language.
Well,what kind of language Adam and Eve/Hawa has spoken?Arab?English?Malay?
p/s:sorry for my poor english.