Vorpal wrote:Psamathe wrote:Vorpal wrote:..... IMO, she deserves respect for sticking with it and standing up for what she believes in, in the face of considerable flak from the British-Indian & other immigrant communities. I say that, even if I disagree with what she has done, and the stance she has taken.
I find it very hard to respect people who come-up with daft ideas and refuse to listen to anybody pointing out the failures in the idea and they just plough on regardless. For me that does not warrant respect.
e.g. to me, somebody injecting themselves with Heroin whilst being told about the dangers about addiction, etc. does not deserve respect because they are sticking with their original intent.
Lots of countries have implemented or tried to implement language requirements for immigration. The requirements on the government website are not exactly stringent.
Just because you or I don't agree with something doesn't make it daft.
But it does not make it sensible either. My point was that agreeing or disagreeing has little to do with respecting the source of the idea. I can't see why sticking to a bad idea deserves respect.
How sensible or daft an idea is is unrelated to whether you feel the person dreaming it up deserves respect for ignoring those with more experience saying how daft the idea is and how it wont work.
I was not commenting on language tests - I personally don't feel that language abilities are particularly crucial and an approach to communications is far more important. I managed without major problems in several countries where I didn't speak any of the language and the people I had to deal with didn't speak any English.