I enjoyed and agreed with most of Barry Paschals Nov. 25 column concerning our Spanish classes at Stevens Creek Elementary. Hopefully, we can nip this problem in the bud.
The question Paschal needed to raise was, When is the best time to start teaching our kids a foreign language? Elementary school is certainly the place to start. From my own experience growing up in Richmond County, we didnt start Spanish until 11th grade. Needless to say, by that time my brain was no longer a sponge.
After watching my daughters Spanish class at Stevens Creek, I know that now is the time to be teaching foreign language. I can definitely tell that my kids dont have to translate from Spanish to English and back to Spanish to carry on a conversation. My second grader at times even mixes Spanish with English in her writing.
We need to recommend that the money being wasted teaching foreign language in high school be redirected to our elementary and middle school.
Also, we need to ask the question of how much would we need to raise the millage rate on our property taxes to put the program in place for all our schools. It cant be much, and Im more than willing to pay it.
Paschal took a cheap shot at the free lunch program that I didnt particularly like. Kids need three things to have a chance to be successful: Food, medicine and education.
As a Republican-leaning, upper-middle-class Stevens Creek parent, I would much rather my tax dollars go to feeding a kid properly now than to have to pay $18,000 per year to keep in him in jail or see him scrounging for welfare after dropping out of school.
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