Sunday, January 30, 2005

Parents Fight to Keep Languages in School

Forty-five parents and foreign language teachers recently attended a school board meetings in Brookfield Wisconsin and pleaded for foreign language to be taught for 90 minutes a week as part of the regular school day curriculum. Elementary school teachers testified that the day is already too full and other classes would suffer. Another point against foreign languages is the cost. Until two years ago elementary school kids in the district were exposed to French, Spanish, and German. However, the program was eliminated because of budget cuts. Some school districts consider foreign languages a frill. That is not the case in other countries. Maybe they know something we don't?

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