So the Modern Languages Department at Cal State Bakersfield has been slated to be cut 100%. let me repeat that: 100%. This means that this school will have no foreign languages at all. How they can pretend to be a university after such a measure is beyond my comprehension. In California, of all places, Cal State Bakersfield's students will not be able to learn Spanish and discover the treasures of Hispanic culture. What sense does this make??
According to one of the articles I link to below "although, this program commands more majors than a few other programs on campus (100 majors–compared to others with only 20 to 60 majors)–this is the program they’re targeted for termination." So obviously the program is going to be cut not because it doesn't manage to attract students and has become a financial drain on the university. The students obviously find foreign languages useful and important. The administration of this institution plans to rob these students of the kind of knowledge that is crucial in today's world.
If you care about education in this country, please take a moment to express your indignation about this barbarity to Cal State Bakersfield's President Mitchell. here is his e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
Here are some links to articles on this issue:
Let's do something to stop this insanity, people! These ignoramuses are using the crisis in California to achieve their long-held dream of destroying the Humanities in general, and languages more specifically. Let's not allow them to do this.