World Language Instruction in New Jersey

In an editorial on world language instruction in the New Jersey Flemington-Raritan School District, the Hunterdon County Democrat Editorial Board lays out several reasons that early language instruction is important; beyond a few common reasons (higher test scores across subjects, better executive function, delaying the onset of dementia, slightly higher salaries as adults), the editorial board points out that this will give students a better understanding of immigrants’ struggle to learn English.

The Flemington-Raritan School District’s proposal seems to be to have only 40 minutes of instruction every week—which is not enough to learn a language—but exposing children early on to even the idea that other languages are learnable and valuable is important.

Read more here: http://www.nj.com/hunterdon-county-democrat/index.ssf/2015/04/nj_is_right_to_require_world_language_instruction.html

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