I'm a huge believer in the importance of history and current events in education. I spent most of my undergraduate work studying international affairs and hope that my interest in the world will be passed on to the students that I teach. While browsing through my favorite blogs, I came across the Palmer Language Blog. This particular blog is focused on the study of language and how linguistics is applied to education. In the Linguistic Injustice Rant, the blogger discusses the Spanish language and it's role in the United States and world as a whole. I was immediately interested in the blog not only because I happen to agree that Spanish speaking countries often play "second fiddle" to the Middle East and Africa, but also because the relationship between the U.S. and these countries in the Western Hemisphere was formed over 200 years ago. Historically, European countries were told not to meddle in the West, and it seems that the tradition has continued well into the 21st century. The United States seems to have gotten a little sidetracked from their role in Central and South America because of the many other problems they are trying to fix throughout the world.