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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 Peter Grimm View Post
    One year of Spanish at an American public high school, unfortunately, won't even prepare a student enough to be able to pick up the phone and order a pizza in that language.

    We really suck at teaching foreign languages.
    Because they teach very formal European (Spain) Spanish as opposed to the slang dialect style Spanish most Spanish speaking people in America speak. My daughter has been put in esl because she is bilingual, at first I was a little offended because she speaks English and Spanish just fine but it is only for her own good to learn better proper English and make the distinction between the two languages.
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    Re: Should foreign language/s be required learning in American schools?

    Quote Originally Posted by Peter Grimm View Post
    I have to say for Chinese... if someone can learn it in school, they are very intelligent. I tried to learn it for about a month while I was dating a Chinese girl, and it would have taken about five times as long as learning another European language.
    It is much easier for little children to learn a language than it is for adults. Second languages should be taught in Elementary schools, and learning a language like Chinese would not be as daunting a task.
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    Re: Should foreign language/s be required learning in American schools?

    Quote Originally Posted by Grand Mal View Post
    Seriously?
    I mean, okay, foreign languages should not be required in schools but do you really think there's no use for knowing the language in a country you visit?
    That is where English to Spanish, English to French or any other books or aps come im handy.
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    Re: Should foreign language/s be required learning in American schools?

    Quote Originally Posted by Peter Grimm View Post
    Says who? If anything, statistics tend to show that the past is a poor predictor of future events. .
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    No! Wrong! Ahh!

    If anything, we should require MORE math be taught. At least an intermediate understanding of Calculus, IMO
    You basically admit that algebra is a useless subject and you want to add another required useless subject? While we are at it why not require latin as a subject in school? Maybe we can add underwater basket weaving too.
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    Re: Should foreign language/s be required learning in American schools?

    Quote Originally Posted by Peter Grimm View Post
    Self-descriptive title.

    Also... what level of proficiency should be required? How many years of study?

    Should we require Spanish? Chinese? Swahili? Leave it up to the student to decide? Which languages should be offered?

    Etc.
    I don't know about required, but a few years is certainly a good idea. Works out different parts of the brain, gets some knowledge of a foreign language, etc. I took Spanish in high school and then Japanese in college, I like Japanese a lot more.
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    Re: Should foreign language/s be required learning in American schools?

    NOT ONE PERSON who want requiring foreign language taught who has said what they would eliminate to make room for it - OR at least acknowledge you want to extend school hours by at least 1 hour per day.

    As for claiming (an absurd claim) that advanced mathematics should be required of all students? That is the claim that the dropout or failure rate should be at least 40% for high school.

    The obvious reality is that 49% of students are below average ACADEMIC intelligence - which of itself is not the final measure of intelligence whatsoever. There people of higher education that are ego-centric in claiming superiority, even if their relationship life is a total failure, they are dysfunctional socially, and unemployed.

    The only requirement to graduate from high school should be learning basic academic knowledge - and more. Education beyond those basics should be elective, not required.

    There is one other academic arrogance and that is to believe education can produce a society in which everyone is well paid professionals, management and politicians, with on actual workers. The folks around here managing yard-work crews of their own business likely make more $$ than 90% of people with a bachelor's degree - and serve more of a beneficial social service too.

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

    Quote Originally Posted by Ikari View Post
    I don't know about required, but a few years is certainly a good idea. Works out different parts of the brain, gets some knowledge of a foreign language, etc. I took Spanish in high school and then Japanese in college, I like Japanese a lot more.
    What courses should be eliminated for this foreign language study?

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

    Quote Originally Posted by joko104 View Post
    What courses should be eliminated for this foreign language study?
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    Re: Should foreign language/s be required learning in American schools?

    Quote Originally Posted by jamesrage View Post
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    You basically admit that algebra is a useless subject and you want to add another required useless subject? While we are at it why not require latin as a subject in school? Maybe we can add underwater basket weaving too.
    No, what schools REALLY need is more political correctness and social sensitivity classes.

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

    Quote Originally Posted by Ikari View Post
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