People Are Sleeping In Cars And Downtown Retail Doorways, Yet We Spend $600 Million On Maori Language?
– Don Jacobs
Perhaps someone could help me out here . . . ?
I have it on varying degrees of anecdotal evidence that 99.9% of 5 year olds rock on up to their first day at primary school . . . and pretty much the whole lot of them can speak English.
Now, I wonder who taught them? Whoever did that wasn’t instructed to do it. There was no letter from the ‘Ministry of English Affairs’ that arrived in the post in the days after your 0 year old’s birth.
Parents weren’t forced into doing it. They weren’t paid to do it. They weren’t coerced or bribed into doing it. They just did it for no apparent reason. And they didn’t charge the taxpayer so much as one cent.
Imagine that – a whole country of such diverse ethnicity, of South Africans, Samoans, Hindus, Muslims, Chinese, European Nations, of English . . . all getting up in the morning, from all parts of New Zealand, none of them in contact with each other, yet all working in tandem, all without any instruction from anyone, nor any involvement of government and not costing the taxpayer a cent.
And the product? Well, it is so astonishing that I’m going to say it again: pretty much all five year olds that rock on up to primary school on their first day of school can speak English.
Now, here’s another of those strangest of strange things. English isn’t even an official language of New Zealand. (There are only 2 official languages being Maori and sign language.)
So it baffles me why all these people would teach their children a language that doesn’t even have any official standing in New Zealand.
And here’s another odd thing . . . In 1984, $3 million of taxpayer money was spent on teaching te reo (a manufactured language). By 2016 it was up to $260 million and now it’s heading towards $600 million. And you know what? There are less Maori speakers today than there were in 1984.
So here’s my point. Here we are in a country where people are sleeping in cars and in doorways and yet we spend $600 million on te reo, a language that’s of little use within New Zealand and totally useless outside N.Z.
I’m no builder, but I reckon you could build a cheap house for about $250,000. For $600 million you could build 2,400 homes – 5 people in each home = 12,000 people housed.
EVERY BLOODY YEAR!
In what right and just society do we allow this insanity to prevail?
Obviously something to think about and discuss.
Is this an objective argument?