Regarding the Oct. 13 news article “ Wake magnets debated”: “Students in kindergarten and first grade take all of their core subjects in Spanish.” What? And more important, why?
How are young American children to learn their own culture while being inundated with that of another country? These fresh, receptive minds deserve the right to be immersed in their own language and culture and to learn their own country’s history before they are exposed, let alone immersed in another.
Can these interwoven lessons of what it is to be American be effectively communicated in a Spanish-only environment? Why is Wake County not focusing on Spanish-speaking children and immersing them in English to help them better assimilate into their adopted country?
Don’t give our children the message that we are ashamed to use our own native tongue. And what about Jeffreys Grove parental involvement? Will parents be cut out of the equation in deference to steeping our children in a second language? The long-term implications of this curriculum and the message it sends to our young students are mixed, at best.
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Our children have the right to learn how great this country is, warts and all, and to be taught those lessons in the mother tongue of this nation.
Elizabeth Charron, Raleigh