skacey best poll is evenly split
12/19/16 12:15 am
I took Spanish in 5th grade. I was bored and distracted so the teacher moved me to reading. When I left, I will never forget what she told me. She said that if I didn't apply myself I would end up being a ditch digger.
I though about that when I was in basic training digging foxholes.
613dimples New York
12/18/16 10:57 pm
I learned another language in elementary school and now I speak it fluently. Kids pick up languages quicker than adults. What a great opportunity to learn something useful.
Hunter512x Kentucky Libertarian
12/18/16 3:32 pm
The Spanish language in particular is becoming more and more prevalent in the United States as the years go by. If you want to include any language in elementary curriculum, make it Spanish, as it will naturally be the most useful and have the greatest number of teachers available. If you can find the teachers for any other languages, make those languages an alternative.
TheHand If you need a hand
12/18/16 8:56 am
Konnichiwa, Guten Morgen! Bienvenidos!
Second and third languages are underestimated. With the globalization that is occurring it is essential to grasp the languages of immigrants and those abroad. This basically facilitates common ground and initially breaks down cultural barriers associated with linguistic disparity.
Even non-fluency can open doors to new avenues of communication with a foreigner. (Not the Rock Band).
If you are in business having the ability to discuss directly without the need for translation alleviates the frustration.
Capisce? Bueno! Danke Shon! Ciao! Syonara!
Yoi ichinichi o! Buenos Dias!
Via con Dios!
12/18/16 7:06 am
Anyone who thinks it is a bad thing to learn other languages is a complete fool. I wish I knew other languages. When u travel to Europe, u really feel like a stupid American when all u know is English. Knowing multiple languages can NEVER EVER b a bad thing.
12/18/16 3:37 am
Why teach 5-6 year olds a foreign language when at this rate they have only barely grasped English?! That's what put me off learning another language.
12/18/16 2:12 am
Why learn a language you will most likely only use a handful of times. Unless you plan for your child to move to a different country there is no need. Just a waste of time and energy. And what kid even wants to learn a second language.
12/17/16 10:28 pm
I can't understand why it folks on here don't want our kids to learn Spanish? Alaskan elementary students can choose from different charter schools that include a second language. My nephews learn Spanish in K-6. My niece is doing a Japanese immersion program in a K-6 school. I know that we also have a full Russian immersion program. Many of our villages teach their native language to the next generation and many households are bilingual. Yupik, Tlingit and Aleut are a couple of examples. I'm sure there are many other options. These are just the ones I know about without looking into it. We are usually a little behind the times here in Alaska, so I imagine there are many language immersion programs available in the contiguous 48 states that include a language other than Spanish. Working in the medical field, Spanish is the most common language I need someone to interpret. If you are bilingual in the US, Spanish would be the most relevant.
12/17/16 9:54 pm
They should be learning to perfect their English first before they start learning another language. Especially Spanish.
12/17/16 9:35 pm
Young kids learn other languages fairly easily, and learning a second language can often help with grammar in English.
celloVirtuoso buried in sheet music
12/17/16 9:29 pm
I don't see why not, since many high schools across the nation require a certain number of years in a foreign language class in order to graduate, and most good post-secondary institutions prefer students who have taken a foreign language for a certain number of years, as well. Being fluent in 2 or more languages is definitely a useful skill, and if it's going to be required at some point, why not begin preparing the kids while they're younger and their brains are wired to learn it quicker. Most developed foreign nations have students begin learning a second language early on, and by high school students are on to their 3rd and 4th language if they choose to continue to learn more languages. I personally can't see any significant down sides to having our kids learn a second language of their choosing (or of the parents' choosing).
12/17/16 9:04 pm
I moved to the US at a year old, but primarily spoke German until I was 5. I couldn't be more grateful, because my German is still fluent. Being bilingual is so valuable! I spent 9th grade back in Germany to freshen up on the language, and many of my classmates spoke Spanish and French as well as English.
Gunfighter06 Iowa, since 1846
12/17/16 8:39 pm
People complaining on here about forgetting a foreign language either didn't practice enough or tried to learn it too late in their lives. Middle school/high school is too late to learn a second language.
If we teach it earlier, kids will retain it better. It's a psychological fact. Your language synapses start to "prune" themselves permanently before adolescence.
dudley northern Virginia woods
12/17/16 8:31 pm
If English is taught as a second language, then that other language should be taught to kids who speak English. Student body would be more cohesive. Kids are mentally more prepared to learn a foreign language at a very early age (3-7). And there's also the equal education issue. I lived in Spain for a year and would borrow a five year old to go grocery shopping to act as a translator. Little language sponges.
12/17/16 6:48 pm
Should be learning Spanish. It's a lot more valuable than the worthless superintendents and administrations the teachers unions are hiring
12/17/16 6:10 pm
If you've got a smart kid and good parental support great! They're probably bored anyway. However, language emersion can cause them to fall behind in other subjects and can make it difficult to discuss things like math with english speaking students. And there are a lot of schools without the support they need, financial or parental. Some title 9 schools should consider it an accomplishment if the kids learn to read and eat lunch daily.
Zod Above Pugetropolis
12/17/16 5:52 pm
Probably, since learning a second or third language helps learn the first (and others). But which one? Seems like if they need it and use it, at home or in the neighborhood, they'll pick it up.
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