The GENA Project

This page serves two important purposes:  firstly, it is a placeholder while the site is being developed off-line; and secondly, it is a temporary introduction to the project.

Learning English as a second language is a costly endeavor whose burden is born mostly by children whose step-by-step approach to life is at best naïve, and by their parents who fund the universally mandated, publicly administered language programs that compel their children to acquire the language.  For most children, English is a language that they will never learn very well and one for which they will never find a very practical use in their adult lives.

Of course, few people would argue that the English language is not an important world language.  In contrast, those who argue that a little bit of English for everyone is better than no English for most are either ignorant of the associated costs or have purposefully chosen to ignore them in order to pursue their own political agenda.

These costs can be divided into three major categories:  firstly, the direct costs associated with public school education; secondly, the indirect opportunity costs that compel students and often parents to forego other learning or social activities more important to their present and future; and thirdly, the social costs brought about by this largely wasteful endeavor.  In effect, rather than contributing to better communication across national borders, compelling our children to acquire what is for personally many a useless language erects additional psychological barriers that impede communication after these children have graduated, if indeed, they graduate at all. 

This site is dedicated to the eradication of social and economic waste brought about by national governments who mandate universal English language instruction in societies where widespread knowledge and/or use of the language is both unnecessary and wasteful.

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