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Thursday, November 29, 2012

Here is a Map That Will Freak Out Any Remaining Minutemen in Herndon, And Absolutely No One Else

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The Connection "news-papers" ran this fancy map (PDF) illustrating the numbers of students in the county's elementary schools who speak a language other than English at home, which should come as no surprise to anyone who has, well, been outside of their homes in the last 15 years. As represented by varying shades of color straight from the DRB palette, Dogwood, Hunters Woods, and Forest Edge are the Reston schools with the highest numbers of students who speak another language at home. Of course, it's hard to ignore the fact that the elementary schools in "Great" Falls are among those with the lowest number of students who speak another language at home, which isn't surprising when you consider that they feed into a high school whose mascot is the (Anglo) Saxons, the end.


  1. The Coates school district must be the Minuteman's stronghold. Or maybe students don't speak there.

  2. Could it be that those Coates families are even richer/whiter than the folks in Great Falls, Vienna and Clifton?

  3. Actually, the Coates ES area has a tremendously heterogeneous nationality mix covering at least four continents. Don't know what languages they all speak at home, but I doubt many of them speak English.

    Maybe they couldn't count the foreign languages spoken at home . . . more likely, they just didn't report.

    1. As it turns out that most of those households speak the "None of your damned business" language, at least, according to to the "Language spoken at home" box on the demographic forms sent home with the kids at the beginning of the year.

  4. There's no qualitative assessment about whether they speak that other language exclusively ... in other words, we can't presume the label "other language spoken at home" necessarily means "English not spoken well." I have plenty of bilingual/multilingual neighbors who function just fine in English, aspire to their kids attending TJ, and still speak a language other than English within their family. More revealing is the economic distribution. Sunrise Valley and Armstrong have nearly 34 and 54 kids on free/reduced lunch vs. Hunters Woods with well over 100 ... look at their numbers for ESL services as well.

  5. When my oldest boy was about nine he announced, "I know when you and Mom are fighting. You start to speak Latin."


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