Capistrano School Program To Teach Kids in Chinese

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Ni hao. 

Recognizing that China is set to become the next global superpower and that Mandarin is the most-spoken language in the world, Capistrano Unified School District trustees approved what will be the county's first Chinese-English language program
 
Those in the program, which starts next year, will begin their studies in kindergarten or first grade with up to 80 percent of the instruction in Mandarin. (And you think it's hard to understand your kids now?) More than 160 parents have signed a list expressing interest.   

Similar immersion programs are in place throughout the state, mostly in the Bay Area. District trustees hope the curriculum will attract students from outside the district, which will bring in dollars. Capistrano Unified's current Spanish-English program is thriving, officials say. San Juan Capistrano Patch reports that by the time students leave the fifth grade, they are at grade-level in both languages. 

Staffing the Chinese language program will be a challenge. Apparently, there are only 47 teachers in the state credentialed to teach in Chinese (note to new-career seekers). Also, there've been concerns that the district is trading laid-off teachers for new teachers.    

But San Clemente parent Thalia Tong, who spearheaded the signature-gathering effort, lists the benefits of dual-language programs, noting that they improve overall school performance and test scores, provide an understanding of a different culture, strengthen brain development and lead to more career choices. 

Now that's a 赢 (win). 

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mitch young
mitch young

I suspect this is more about subsidizing ethnic education than about preparedness for world competition. The Chinese are learning English in droves, English is the worlds language for business and technology and will remain so long after these kids are dead. Sure there are some 'Anglo' parents who are suckered into this stuff, and yes it would be good to teach all children a foreign language earlier but Nordic countries don't have dual language 'immersion' programs, and yet Swedes and Danes all speak nearly flawless English.

MarisaH
MarisaH

This is a big win for our children to get a well rounded education and to have more opportunities available in the future. We currently drive our son to Irvine to attend A Little Dynasty Chinese School and we are glad there is now something in South Orange County.

TravelBug
TravelBug

Education, learning new languages will allow our country to once again "keep up" with their asian counterparts. Come on America, let's get off the lazy ride, get busy and learn. Be the change...don't wait for the change.

mexicans es muy stupido
mexicans es muy stupido

why is this news? we have spanish programs ad nauseum and the only reason you would actually use spanish is to order fries at mcdonald's.... at least with chinese, you can speak with your boss when they take over.. hey mexicans, get use to having your chino boss chew you out!!! lol

NYCtoOC
NYCtoOC

http://www.swedishwire.com/pol...

Program is not about subsidizing ethnic education since this program will be cost neutral to the district.  The parents supporting this effort will be responsible for fundraising anything above and beyond what it would cost to run a traditional kindergarten program. In addition, this program is meant to bring revenue into the district since there are some schools at risk due to low enrollment.  There's government $$$ attached to each child attending school and especially if there are kids coming in from out of the district, it will bring in more $$$.  

Last but not least, this program is different from the spanish immersion program from the perspective that the majority of the kids (if not all) that are interested in enrolling in this program are NOT natives.  I guarantee you you this is about giving our kids the competitive advantage.  many examples were given the night of the board meeting about how it was easier to find jobs knowing Chinese and how people got paid more too.  

Dave Lieberman
Dave Lieberman

No, they don't have immersion (meaning they don't learn, say, arithmetic in English) but the Swedish education system requires English from a very early age and English proficiency is required for application to any post-secondary education.

Arnoldtong
Arnoldtong

Actually back in July, Swedish education minister said he wanted to have all primary and secondary schools teach Chinese.

909Jeff
909Jeff

What are you talking about? We're Americans! We use an inferior measurement system  to the rest of the world simply because we can!  I dont need to speak no mexanese!

mitch young
mitch young

Exactly my point. 

And we could teach more kids foreign languages if the subject was confined to an hour or two per day. One teacher could conceivably cover 3 different classes.

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