It has been predicted for years that by the time 2011 arrives the majority minority would no longer be African American children but Hispanic children in public schools. One only needs to attend an event at their Atlanta school to see that it is true. Now that the majority white middle class student has been dominated in numbers by the Hispanic minority, it seems only fitting that the school curriculum should change as well. We are all interested in an equal and beneficial education for all, yet we are not teaching Spanish in most elementary schools. How can this be? If the majority of our students are growing up in Spanish speaking households then why are we not teaching all our children to speak the majority language of their peers? Ohhh, lots of angry growls from my readers..I can hear them from here. But follow the train of thought here. If you want your children to get ahead in this changing world than address the issues that are being faced by our children on a daily basis. Regardless of race, color, or gender we want to give all of our children the opportunity to succeed and excell. I am not suggesting that we eliminate English as the spoken language in schools, but what harm is there in introducing Spanish to our young learners when there are more Spanish speaking countries now than there are English speaking ones. Latin America, South America, most of the United States, and parts of Europe are using Spanish as their primary language. Why then are we wating till middle school years to expose our children to this valuable if not necessary language? Politics, sales, teaching, marketing..you name the field and I can name the value behind understanding and speaking Spanish to what is quickly becoming a majority population in our country. Teaching all children to speak Spanish will not only increase their value in the global market place, it will increase their career opportunities in this ever competitive job market. If we want all our children to get ahead than we have to allow them the opportunity communicate in more than one language so they can reach a larger and more global audience.
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