I’ve heard from my friends who are teachers that they’re beginning to teach Spanish to kids at a very young age. I guess I believed it, but it didn’t really hit me until I voted yesterday in an elementary school and I saw the reality of it. Everything written on the walls - captions for photographs, posters, etc - had a Spanish translation. And I live in a very white, non-hispanic area.
A Norwegian friend of mine recently asked me, “what do you call someone who speaks one language? American”. Well, I think that pretty soon the butt end of that joke will be “Kiwi” or “Aussie”, because in a generation or less this country will be completely bilingual. Personally, I think it’s cool.