Three for One

For today we have a three for one deal — a small update with no new information, info about the car, and and a list of reasons why PC wants to teach English. Scroll down for the latter two.

Tim’s Legal Clearance

Tim got an email that they are reviewing his medical information. They said they might not get to it until four months before we leave. I really hope that’s not true. Also, Tim has had a legal hold placed on his file. We have no idea why, and they have not requested any more information.

There have been no updates on my application. I hope they got my information, because it has not been listed as under review like Tim’s.

The Cars

We finally sold the Lancer. Yay! Anyway, we’re not savoring our victory too long. We decided to go ahead and try and sell the Yaris just to see what happens. If you know anyone who is interested, please feel free to give them this information.

2008 Toyota Yaris Hatchback 

$12,000

2-door Toyota Yaris Hatchback in excellent condition with just 25,000 miles. Pristine four-cylinder engine averages 35 miles per gallon. Surprisingly roomy interior is very clean. Only one owner ever. Automatic transmission. Power doors, locks, and windows. $12,000. Please call (317) 638-7066.

Or you can refer them to this ad: http://indianapolis.craigslist.org/cto/1450512052.html.

I will post pictures of the car in the Flickr account later.

Why PC wants to teach English

Someone asked me again why teaching English is so important, but specifically asking why the Peace Corps assists with it. One goal of the Peace Corps is to offer training to the host country’s residents. Educating residents and developing specialized skills assists improves economic stability. Can you imagine an economically prosperous country without pilots, scholars, scientists, businessmen, reporters, or people familiar with international affairs? I certainly don’t want languages to die away. I think they are so culturally important. However, I do recognize that this world is becoming more global and a common language is also important. Just look at all these reasons PC gives for teaching English abroad!

> Pilots are required to speak English to air traffic control towers in order to maintain communication. This is even true when a plane from Hong Kong is landing in Moscow.

> Most academic papers are published in English.

> Scientists from many countries often attend international conferences where the only common language is English.

> Most Internet pages today and computer manuals are written in English.

> English is an essential tool for international commerce.

> Many major new sources like television broadcasting, newspapers and magazines are spoken or written in English

> Peace Corps Volunteers teach English in response to requests from host countries! This is what they ask for when PC offers to help them.

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Author: Bre

I am in motion and in transition right now. I married Tim Knoll less than a year ago, and we recently applied to The Peace Corps. I work as a freelance journalist.

3 thoughts on “Three for One”

  1. Come on, Bre – even you can’t justify this sort of imperialistic bullshit, surely – wordsmith or not, I don’t for one second think that forcing your missionary-converts to speak English is at all tied with the improvement of their condition. Justify it in your head however you like, but yes, you are assisting in the destruction of people’s native culture and native tongue. Just something to ponder.

    1. I can see the case you’re making, but there are several things wrong with your argument. For one thing, PC is in no way affiliated with religious work. I’m not going there to proselytize anyone religiously or politically. I will do more immersing into their culture than they will into mine. Will they be curious about what my life is like in America? Yes, and I will be happy to discuss that. PC has three goals: help people improve their conditions, promote a better understanding of Americans throughout the world, and bring an understanding of the culture you lived in to America. That is a cultural exchange, not the cultural lambasting that you suggest.
      Secondly, the idea that learning a second language means the obliteration of your first language is ridiculous. Certainly, culture and language are intertwined closely. So are the skill sets you gain in your first language that can be carried over to the second language. As a teacher, I would encourage the parents of my students to speak and read to their children constantly, no matter what language that is in. I would never discourage them from sharing their culture, values, or perspectives with their children. A person develops a new ego as they learn a new language. That does not mean that their old ego, and the culture and heritage affiliated with it, has to die.
      Intercultural competence is an important part of traveling in the world. I should critically evaluate the culture of others and decide whether or not I want to incorporate those values into my own belief set. If I decide I do not agree with them, I am allowed to respectfully disagree. That does not mean I would try to change them in any way, because they can respectfully disagree with me. That exchange of values and perspectives helps us all grow, and to say that we should live in cultural isolation would be irresponsible and impractical for humanity.
      Lastly, I do believe that learning another language is a valuable skill set. It gives you access to an entirely new set of people, ideas, and resources. English is a dominant language right now, and learning that language will help them in the future. It’s something I can teach to help these people. Will I encourage my child to learn another language? Certainly. O would probably suggest Mandarin Chinese or Spanish, both of which are dominant languages in the world and will be incredibly useful to him or her.
      I would be happy to have a discussion with you about this, but I don’t think it’s fair that you aren’t willing to share your name with me. I know you live around my hometown, so you probably found the blog through Facebook or something. I would love for us to have an exchange of ideas, but that really has to start with a level playing ground for both of us.

      P.S. I think you are right that this could be an issue, but I think you have to think of the individual personalities and perspectives of each person going overseas. I am a person who is open to different ideas and cultures. I don’t think my way is always the right way, and I certainly don’t think the American way is always the right way. Just something to ponder.

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