Trevecca Nazarene University

President speaks out against English-only proposal

Trevecca President Dan Boone takes a stand against the English-only proposal, joining other Nashville University leaders.

Trevecca Nazarene University President Dan Boone joined other Nashville University leaders last week in a joint statement to oppose a ballot measure that would bar city service workers from communicating in any language except English.

University leaders spoke of the negative impact such a measure would put on both teaching and learning.

The letter included the following statements: “The irony of the city known as the ‘Athens of the South’ becoming the first major metropolitan community in America to pass ‘English Only’ is a distressing prospect… As academic leaders, we are concerned about the impact — literal and symbolic — on our mission of teaching, learning, curing and discovering. A statement by Nashville that we are ‘English’ only — this ‘blunt’ instrument — would undermine our important work and adversely affect this city known for learning and discovery.”

The story has made national news and links to more information about this issue can be found at the links below.
www.msnbc.msn.com/id/28421482/
www.insidehighered.com/news/2008/12/29/qt
www.upi.com/Top_News/2008/12/28/Nashville_sites_oppose_English-only_effort/UPI-23951230487343/
www.tennessean.com/article/20081228/NEWS0202/812280396/1009/NEWS01