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The Question must begin with the question, What Language and what will that language do for my child? Taking a language in a k-12 school usually will not result in anyone becoming fluent in that language but more importantly; what will Latin do for my child if they can't read, what good is French, Greek, or any language not related to a student's needs or goals. It may be enlightning but not at the expense of a better education. Let the child wait until they have a goal that warrants a 2nd language or they are learned enough to take a language relavant to their needs or a career goal. JHJ WPHS Class of 66
I take the opposite view. Dual-language schools cannot be directly compared with language course offered in a school where general instruction is given in a single language. Fluency comes from immersion and usage of both languages in a dual-language school setting.
There's conclusive research that bilingual students do better in reading comprehension and language skills than single-language students, and tend to do better academically in general. Also ratings are far from the only means to measure the quality of a school. Often ratings mean little for each student. For instance, we have schools rated 4/10 in greatschools.org that rate 10/10 when you concentrate on a sub-population of the student body such as those with college-educated parents.
2nd-language skills are no longer a luxury in the global economy we live in. I think the opportunity to educate your child in two languages should not be dismissed lightly.78616
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