Bao wrote:What disturbs me most is the thought that parents rising their children with Esperanto as the main language must consciously choose to do so. Why would they choose to teach their children a language that is not a community language, not a heritage language, and not even practical at this point in time? My answer is: to prove a point.
Bao wrote:Do you believe any responsible parent would let their children learn Esperanto natively as it is their household language and not make sure to teach them the local community language to a comparable degree?
Bao wrote:Apart from that not too fond of the idea of raising children using mostly a language that's neither the native language of a parent or a caregiver the child has a strong bond with, or that is the local community language.
YngNghymru wrote:Some studies supposedly show that children who are raised bilingually do better in school etc are better at languages later blah blah blah, and if this is true it should go for both natural and constructed languages.
johntm wrote:I don't think it's unethical, just stupid. But I'm not the biggest fan of Esperanto.
johnklepac wrote:YngNghymru wrote:Some studies supposedly show that children who are raised bilingually do better in school etc are better at languages later blah blah blah, and if this is true it should go for both natural and constructed languages.
I've even seen it reported that children raised bilingually have an average of 12 more IQ points, which seems unlikely, but it definitely can't hurt. I'd go so far as to say that, absent the chance to communicate with other speakers otherwise, conlangs could be better choices - specifically ones like Lojban that are very differently structured from natlangs.
linguoboy wrote:All the cases of denaskuloj that I've heard about, the parents were Esperantists of different backgrounds who often had no other common language apart from Esperanto. Even if one (or even both) later come to learn the dominant language of wherever they end up settling down together, they will still almost certainly be more comfortable communicating in Esperanto.
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