The Ladies Professional Golf Association recently announced that tour members must be able to pass an oral evaluation test in English or face a suspension.
The LPGA plays in other countries and is made up of players from around the world. In other words, the LPGA is actually a world tour not just a United States tour.
Please do not misunderstand. The LPGA has the right to make guidelines for membership just as any group does. Failure to comply with the guidelines means an individual would no longer be eligible for membership. Just like Active Rain has membership guidelines and the various groups within AR have guidelines.
Let me paint the picture. A world wide organization is requiring their members to speak English well enough to pass an oral test. I'm not going to bring up players with disabilities (like deafness) and debate if they should be allowed to play on the LPGA tour. That is a different blog.
What I want to know is if this world organization can implement this guideline, why can't American public schools or the state Department of Motor Vehicles require an English proficiency exam?
There are non-English speaking students in school systems all over America. Why then can local schools not require students to pass an oral evaluation test in English to be able to attend that school?
Meanwhile at the Department of Motor Vehicles, if a potential driver can not pass the written portion of the test in English, he/she may request the test in another language. There are drivers on streets all over America unable to read, write, or speak English.
A statistic that is often used to debate against having English only DMV tests is that approximately 1 in 3 vehicles on the road do not have the state mandated minimum liability insurance. The idea is that if a non-English speaking person is not able to obtain a drivers license then the individual will not be able to purchase insurance.
That is not true. There are insurance companies out there that will provide coverage for individuals who have a DL issued from a foreign country.
Should we not be able to suspend these non-English speaking individuals from participating in the American way of life?
Immigrants to America who have completed their naturalization process passed a test.
So I ask, If the LPGA can do this, Why can't American schools and the DMV?
It is the power of the Corporate Dollar.
Corporate sponsorship of the LPGA and the Pro-AM event the day before the tour event provides the majority of the money. Sponsors and amateurs who pay thousands of dollars to play with the top professionals want to be able to communicate effectively with the stars of the tour.
Now the question to you:
Do you live by principles? Or do you live by convenience? Do you run your business by principles? Or do you run your business by the power of the bottom dollar?
Rick Trowe and I'm Standing Up!