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Thread: Should foreign language/s be required learning in American schools?

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    Re: Should foreign language/s be required learning in American schools?

    Quote Originally Posted by Medusa View Post
    if you dont know how to speak italian ,you are right!

    tu parli italiano ?
    Parlo un po 'italiano. Mio nonno e italiano. Cosi, ho sempre voluto imparare.

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    Re: Should foreign language/s be required learning in American schools?

    Quote Originally Posted by lizzie View Post
    I have no problem with a semester or two of foreign language being taken, and a variety being offered, but I do have a problem with Spanish being required in the employment field.
    Why do you have a problem with that? In parts of California, Texas, and Florida, it's already a reality. There are literally jobs you cannot get if you don't speak Spanish, both in the public and private sector.

    We have probably 30 million native Spanish-speakers in the United States. Those people are customers/citizens/employees/etc/etc/etc. In some positions, we need to have people who can communicate with this large population subset.

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    Re: Should foreign language/s be required learning in American schools?

    Quote Originally Posted by joko104 View Post
    No, kids aren't doing all that well with English. Potentially, I could see teaching some basic Spanish given how much it is becoming an American language in some regions.
    Well, I can't argue with that. Some people can't even speak their first and only language correctly. Sad.

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    Re: Should foreign language/s be required learning in American schools?

    Quote Originally Posted by Peter Grimm View Post
    Why do you have a problem with that? In parts of California, Texas, and Florida, it's already a reality. There are literally jobs you cannot get if you don't speak Spanish, both in the public and private sector.

    We have probably 30 million native Spanish-speakers in the United States. Those people are customers/citizens/employees/etc/etc/etc. In some positions, we need to have people who can communicate with this large population subset.
    Why is the emphasis not on them learning to speak English?
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    Re: Should foreign language/s be required learning in American schools?

    Every hour spent teaching one thing is an hour something else is not taught.

    SO... the question is what do you want NOT taught if learning a foreign language is required?

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    Re: Should foreign language/s be required learning in American schools?

    Quote Originally Posted by jamesrage View Post
    Foreign languages should not be required subject in k-12 education. Most people will not leave the US and if they do it will be for vacation,so they have no use for it.
    Why do we require American History? I'm never going to need to know the names of the founding fathers, right?

    Why do we require algebra? How many people actually use it, if you honestly think about it?

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    Re: Should foreign language/s be required learning in American schools?

    Quote Originally Posted by Arbo View Post
    Why is the emphasis not on them learning to speak English?
    Not one person has suggested not teaching English.

    In regions where a sizable percentage of people speak another language, it is a usable education for children to have a minimal basic understanding of that language. However, there is no need to be proficient at it.

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    Re: Should foreign language/s be required learning in American schools?

    Quote Originally Posted by Peter Grimm View Post
    Why do we require American History? I'm never going to need to know the names of the founding fathers, right?

    Why do we require algebra? How many people actually use it, if you honestly think about it?
    Teaching history is important, particularly in a Democracy. I agree that advanced mathematics should not be required for high school graduation. High school should teach basic usable knowledge. That should be the (only) requirement to graduate. Advanced education is what colleges, universities, tech-school, military etc are for.

    3,000,000 teens drop out of school every year.


    Something's wrong with the system. The required standardized testing or else a student cannot advance or graduate - and with schools punished for bad testing results - leads to not only students dropping out seeing no point to continue, but also is huge incentive for schools to tacitly want students doing poorly to dropout so they are not counted in the test results.
    Last edited by joko104; 08-28-13 at 10:55 PM.

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    Re: Should foreign language/s be required learning in American schools?

    self help, eh? Good, you understand I was only trying to be of assistance.

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