When I was in play school I could speak three different languages (including English). Because I’d answer the teacher’s questions in three different languages in one sentence she told my parents to stop speaking to me in our native languages at home. My parents – who were raised to revere authority figures such as teachers, and wanted the best for my education – dutifully obliged. I feel robbed of my culture – it’s too impractical for me to re-learn those languages at this stage in my life. The teacher had no place telling my parents which languages they should and should not speak in the privacy of their own home.