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OMG! This article tells a sad, sad story; but SPINS it as an “expansion” . . .
language clubs expand students' horizons during lunch BUT, PPS is
ELIMINATING Foreign Languages across schools and grades . . .
most elementary schools in the city, Pittsburgh Concord K-5 in Carrick
doesn't have time or money for world language instruction.
It uses ingenuity to help children learn a language.
Abbott, executive director of the American Council on the Teaching of
Foreign Languages, said research shows an early start on language
learning is valuable.
She said learning a second language "is
actually working a different part of the brain than the native language.
When the brain gets that kind of a workout, it develops a lot more
flexibility and ability to function in a better way."
learning another language can boost reading and math scores, enhance
students' openness to other cultures; and develop skills necessary for
an international economy. However, she said some districts across the
nation are cutting language programs in elementary schools as they face
difficult budgets and staffing.
"We're going to be left behind if we
don't start raising our children to be ready for this global environment
in which they're going to live and work," she said. . . .
Pittsburgh Public Schools has expanded time spent on English language
arts, math and other core subjects, opportunities for students to learn a
world language have shrunk.
Marsha Plotkin, curriculum supervisor for world languages, said more cuts are expected this fall.
Sterrett 6-8 in Point Breeze won't offer any world languages although,
as a classical academy, it used to offer a Latin-based course as well as
French and Spanish.
Pittsburgh CAPA 6-12 in Downtown plans to
eliminate Spanish in grades 6-8, the only world language offered this
year in those grades at that school.
Pittsburgh South Brook 6-8 in Brookline plans to discontinue its Spanish classes this fall.
school year, most K-8 and 6-8 schools in Pittsburgh Public Schools do
NOT offer a world language. Only Colfax K-8 in Squirrel Hill offers it
in the elementary grades, with Spanish beginning in grade 3.
K-5 schools, only five have a world language class. Four of them are
world language magnet schools; the fifth, Allegheny K-5 on the North
Side, a traditional academy magnet, started Spanish this school year and
plans to continue it in the fall.
Not counting the upcoming
reductions, in recent years, 17 schools -- K-5, K-8 and 6-8 -- have
ELIMINATED world languages, the result of tight schedules, reduced
budgets and limited supply for world language teachers for part-time
Read more: http://www.post-gazette.com/news/education/2014/06/02/Foreign-language-clubs-expand-students-horizons-during-lunch/stories/201406020067