With the facts, it’s not as bad.

Jim Wooten has the facts on the foreign language program the Governor is killing. It doesn’t sound all that bad now. And Jim makes a good point. If you can’t kill programs like this, you’re never going to kill anything and we’re just going to grow the government until it explodes in debt.

Gov. Sonny Perdue proposes to “kill” a 12-year-old program, intended as a pilot, to experiment with foreign language offerings in some elementary schools. Perdue would redirect to all of the state’s elementary schools the $1.6 million that now goes to a few. To establish the language program in all 1,284 elementary schools statewide would cost taxpayers about $85 million.

If the parents feel that strongly about the program, perhaps they can raise the money via donations, grants, or something else.

5 comments

  1. DMZDave says:

    I certainly can’t see any good reason why any public funding would be wasted in teaching French but that is the subject of another post for another time. What did we learn from this pilot program that Sonny wants to cancel? What were the results? I’m willing to concede Jim Wooten’s point that some pilot programs should end but it just stands to reason that with all the emphasis on Atlanta as an international city and with Sonny flying around the world inviting foreign investment, $1.6 million isn’t much to invest on foreign language training. Sure wealthy parents can subsidize foreign langauges, many do, it’s called private school. But if Sonny wants to cancel the program, he should provide some context. Admitting that the pilot program simply demonstrated foreign language funding was a waste appears to be more of a reflection on our public schools and the commitment for excellence than on the value of the language training. I could be persuaded I’m wrong if the Governor would make the credible case that this pilot program was a failure. Absent that explaination though, I’l have to assume we are simply worried about getting too far in front of Mississippi and Alabama and are just taking a breather to give them a chance to catch up.

  2. -Geeze, Jim Wooten is from Macon, Georgia USA…

    – No wonder the world views Georgia as a bunch of backwater hicks…

    http://www.watchingamerica.com/index.shtml#newssources

    http://www.fles.org/mission.html

    1) The study of a second language improves overall academic performance and encourages superior problem-solving skills;

    2) The study of a second language is most beneficial when initiated during primary school
    and continued through second school;

    3) Language instruction opens avenues to an increasingly global community and the successes that result from broad international exposure.

  3. lawgal says:

    I agree Victor.

    However, there are already not enough hours in a day to teach what is needed. In order to teach another language beyond counting to 10 and to ensure that the kids really understand that language, we would need to add more hours to the school day or carve time out of other subjects.

    I’m all for teaching foreign languages in elementary school, I just don’t see the practicality in it.

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