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Should Spanish be a mandatory course in public schools?

  • Spanish is the 2nd most spoken language .

    If you ever go to large cities or the coast there are people who speak Spanish it would be nice to be able to speak to them in their 1st language or speak to them. Also a lot of countries teach English to their student so why cant we learn Spanish. Gracias por leer. (Sorry if i spelled it wrong).

  • Sí , el español es bueno para nuestra cultura

    The USA has a very good opportunity to adopt some of the Hispanic culture into the American way of life. Speaking Spanish is apart of the every day life of nearly 38 million Americans and that number is growing. Most Americans have this attitude that everyone else speaks English so why should we bother learning a foreign language when its pointless. Learning Spanish is not pointless because it can be used to connect with our Hispanic neighbors. We are a true melting pot and that can include a second language.

  • Sí , el español es bueno para nuestra cultura

    The USA has a very good opportunity to adopt some of the Hispanic culture into the American way of life. Speaking Spanish is apart of the every day life of nearly 38 million Americans and that number is growing. Most Americans have this attitude that everyone else speaks English so why should we bother learning a foreign language when its pointless. Learning Spanish is not pointless because it can be used to connect with our Hispanic neighbors. We are a true melting pot and that can include a second language.

  • Spanish is Better!

    Spanish is alot easier to learn and write. If you know how a word is spelled, you can almost always know how it is pronounced (although the reverse isn't true). It also is the worlds 2nd common language. Many schools also have Spanish as a mandatory language because its better to help them when looking for a career

  • Spanish should be required in Public schools.

    I think that Spanish should be required in Public schools. If you know Spanish while going into Collage you have a better chance to have a career. Also if you know Spanish and run for a job you have a better chance anyway. A lot of people in the speak Spanish in the world, because over 21 countries have Spanish listed as there first language.

  • Education should be bilingual in the United States as it is in all the civilized countries of the world. We are lacking behind...

    There is an overwhelming number of studies and successful models around the world that provide evidence that early foreign language instruction is the way to go. In Europe children learn 2 and 3 languages since early age and develop along the way cognitive skills beyond their linguistic abilities, not to mention a cultural competency to make them wonderful 21st century individuals. Unfortunately, with this short-minded mentality that English is the only language in the world, we are lacking behind and we are failing our children in providing them with the tools to preparing them to assume roles in the global society they are inheriting. My children already speak three languages and I feel very proud of that!

  • Spanish should be necessary

    Yes, I think that Spanish should be a necessary language that is taught in public schools. Nowadays, many more people are speaking Spanish and being bilingual will help individuals get jobs at a global level. I think that learning Spanish will help to merge cultures, and cut down on animosity towards others.

  • Yes,for many reasons because

    Just learning one language will not make you really go far only for some people ,there's a grantee that your child is going to have Spanish speaking friends so you could helped them, also it could help you for your future job because you will sometimes you need to speak a another language and that's my opinion

  • Of course we should!

    Like it or not, the United States is quickly headed towards becoming a bilingual nation. Now, we can either get xenophobic and go " get your dirty Mexican-speak out of my red white and blue hurrr " or we can understand that it's not weird at all for a nation to speak multiple languages, requiring it at a elementary level can help push the nation into a bilingual , and a more united state of nation.

  • Yes, for many more reason then I can list

    Spanish will help land people land better jobs. People could be more open to their neighbors, and appreciate other cultures. America is now the 2nd largest country in the world that speaks Spanish, just recently passing Spain and Colombia. Its said that by 2050 America will be the largest Spanish speaking country in the world, which is saying something considering America's primary language is English.
    Yes, America is a melting pot of many different cultures, and languages, but Spanish is the most common language there is compared to the others. People should at least know the 2nd largest language in America. Kudos to them if they want to learn more languages.
    It is said that Spanish isn't that hard to learn and could very possibly improve your English skills , considering the similarities between the two languages. They both have Latin roots, and thousand of similar cognates. It is easier for people who speak English to speak Spanish, then it is for people who speak Spanish to speak English. English is known as the most difficult language to learn.
    If people who speak Spanish, really take pride in being in America, then they will try to learn English. People need to be understanding, English is hard, even for people who are fluent. Be proud of the people who can speak broken English, they are trying...

  • Waste of my precious little time

    I'm a current middle school student sitting in spanish class. There's tons of languages I could learn but yet the school system seems to focus on a minority language, I have no problem with learning a language but let it be a language that will actually help me in life and benefit my future career. Simple question! Shouldn't they be learning our language which is English? Why are we changing our lives to fit their culture when this is our country and OUR culture.

  • English mandatory - foreign languages a person choice

    The only reason the Spanish language is growing in our country is because of the millions upon millions of Hispanic illegal aliens living here, and, of course, their illegal anchor baby "citizens". This should NOT be accommodated in any way.

    English should be declared our national language and all official documents should ONLY be in English. We can't be everything to everyone. If you stand for everything .. You stand for nothing.

  • English mandatory - foreign languages a person choice

    The only reason the Spanish language is growing in our country is because of the millions upon millions of Hispanic illegal aliens living here, and, of course, their illegal anchor baby "citizens". This should NOT be accommodated in any way.

    English should be declared our national language and all official documents should ONLY be in English. We can't be everything to everyone. If you stand for everything .. You stand for nothing.

  • Why SPANISH??? Why not Chinese, Japanese, or German???

    It is important for the future generation to learn a foreign language to catch up with today's globalized world, but why does it have to be SPANISH?? There are loads of languages out there that are more useful and worthy of learning than Spanish, such as Chinese, Japanese and German. These languages are the languages of the world's economic and technology power house. In contrast, Spanish is a language spoken exclusively in third-world countries only, except Spain. Why should we be forced to learn such kind of a WORTHLESS third-world language?

  • Let's be realistic.

    Not every career will use Spanish, and the big-shot ones that do, you can get a translator. The world is changing: Think about jobs like computer programmers. When will they need to know Spanish? If they are making software for their own country, why would they need to know Spanish. So I say no- not a requirement, but optional.

  • I think not.

    I am okay with the whole learning another language. If schools want to offer Spanish as a language that is okay as well. I just do not believe the only option should be Spanish. Most schools do offer languages like French, Chinese, Japanese, and even American Sign Language where I am from. I just do not feel it is okay to only offer Spanish. What about the Spanish speaking schools in America? Do they learn Spanish? I would hope not.

  • Spanish shouldn't be a mandatory class

    Spanish is an important language but we live in America where the main language is English. If we learn English but then we start learning Spanish what's the point? Spanish should be an optional class because maybe we end up in a spot where the extra language comes to no use. Spanish is a great language to learn but it takes up unnecessary time that could be used to learn more essential subjects.

  • Middle School students should not have to learn Spanish

    Setting a curriculum for a student is difficult. Especially when you create a 3-4 year program involving a second language they do not wish to continue learning. Why Spanish is the language they choose I don't know, but if a student wants to commit to another less obvious choice then they should be able to. Not only that but after high school, the only available language course is Spanish. If everyone were to learn Spanish then nothing sets them apart on college applications. I learned American Sign Language. Now I can efficiently communicate with deaf people.

  • It's very difficult to learn, goes against freedom of choice.

    Spanish class was a huge struggle for me in High School. I tried my best but still failed assignments on a regular basis, made a bad grade, therefore lowering my GPA 😒. Learning another language is more of a hobby or interest rather than something you'll need every single day outside of school, at least with most jobs. They need to teach kids more useful things like how to do spend money wisely or go over the constitution in history classes in more detail so people know their rights, in fact, I wasn't taught my constitutional rights at all in school. Brainwashing 101, keep people oblivious to their rights.

  • Definitely not!! Why do we need two languages, we already struggle to learn one.

    The State Mandated Requirements for High School Graduation foreign language are one year of either visual and performing arts, foreign language, or career technical education. Also, in 1968, Senator Ralph Yarborough, of Texas, got a bill approved by Congress that aimed at removing the language barrier to an equal education for immigrants
    I consider that the schools should not require any foreign language classes for middle schoolers or high schoolers. I suggest that all school boards should do away with the policy that requires a foreign language class. I completely disagree with the state requirements for high school foreign language classes.
    Since Bennett-Kew Elementary School Principal Nancy Ichinaga has refused to require bilingual education and her first graders, which scored in the 80th percentile in Reading on the State’s Standardized tests last Spring. Which means they did better that 80 percent compared to the students tested nationwide. I suggest that if we get rid of bilingual classes our school will secede knowledge-wise
    Tons of student already have many hard classes including homework for each of those classes. “The workload for learning two languages can be heavy, and some parents have taken their kids out of dual language classes because their kids are struggling some families said”, from Amy Zimmer’s article (“What You Need to Know Before Sending Your Child to a Dual Language Program”).


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