I agree that what happens in most tourist spots is that the general desire is for that spot to become "just like America". That is what some or perhaps most (I don't know) tourists like but i'd like to see the island retain something of it's charm. I completely agree at the current time there is no such thing as "controlled" building in the hotel areas which is strange due to all the plans for oranjestead and San Nick. A new administration is needed to develop the island to keep it's charm and still serve it's current top industry tourism. Just have a controlled increase and perhaps some building codes to make sure there aren't any "pink elephants". I would just hate to see Aruba look like all the other islands.... I have been on tons of Carb. cruises and to tell you the truth except for a few islands - one does start to look like another.
As for language - the schools (or most of them) start out with Dutch the "official" language - then move on to other languages.
It's interesting how communications can still be tough with all the four languages being used on the island. Most students who go to college will go to the US or typically Holland. The costs going to the EU is getting tough for parents due to the weakness of the $. I don't know exactly what they offer but they should have 2 branches of "education" - one aiming at attending in the US or using English heavily and one aimed at the EU. I know my nephew and niece who live in Holland attended a business school that only used English and it was even hard for them (with duel citizenship and tons of US relatives) to write at that level. They could speak it well but the writing and reading was lacking.
The other concern (at least I have heard) is that the building and new "staffing" needs for these places has increased the number of immigrants to work on the island. There is a concern that the "arubian" culture will get lost or watered down. I don't have an answer for that but I understand the concern. Right now I believe they are using the 3 year permits where workers are allowed to live on the island for 3 years and then have to leave. They have since let the Dutch and American workers stay longer. I don't know what the exact percentage is these days for "native arubians/arubians" but would be interested in knowing.
I think the major point SanNic has is right - Aruba needs to get diversified and into new industries - they need to get the kids to stay here. I really think solar and wind power should be developed here and that would be a great industry that would benefit the island and also give the kids a great chance at cutting technology. Many people do consulting for other islands and Aruba could really be the "flagship" to show other islands how this tech. is great. I know right now Curacao has the jump on it - but it wouldn't take too much (if the government was backing it) to catch up and a major bonus is everyone on the island would enjoy cheaper energy costs which is a major cost here.
Love ya SanNic!!! Hope to meet you soon!! Broke another resolution - lengthy posts..... oops.