How old is the average kindergartner? Just starting school at about 7 years or so? Do we teach them how to speak? No, they learn that from their parents. So if we don't teach english to small children, why the heck are we teaching it in middle and high schools?? How much money and classrooms would be opened up if we dropped ESL completely? Before you call me racist, because some people think this idea is, people who don't speak english is not a race. Its not our responsibility to teach english. Its our responsibility to ensure children can get the best education they can to get where they want in life. If people want to immigrate to the US, its their responsibility to learn english on their own dime and time.