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Scaled Back Mandarin Immersion Continuing at Cherokee

Students will have the option to spend 90 minutes in Mandarin immersion, or in social studies or science programs.

Mandarin immersion classes will continue at Cherokee Elementary School, though in a new, less socially fragmenting way, according to an article in TribLocal.

The classes will now be taught for incoming kindergarteners in a 90-minute period, when other students can chose to take advanced science or social studies classes, the article states. This allows the students to interact more with their classmates, as opposed to older students in the immersion program who study in Mandarin for about half the school day.

Parents on both sides of the debate lobbied the school board to see their point of view through dueling online petitions this winter. Parents also took to Patch to voice their opinions in letters to the editor, such as this one and this one.

You can read the full TribLocal story here.

Me May 07, 2014 at 06:08 AM
This was NEVER about Mandarin for the opposition. It was ALWAYS about a resource grab by the very vocal and very active parents of special needs children.
Programmer Corner May 07, 2014 at 07:55 AM
Do these schools not have language labs?? With immersion software? I thought "immersion" meant you speak it constantly, not wait your turn while the teacher goes around the room to each student or gives commands. Also, wouldn't the software cost a lot less and much more effective?
Programmer Corner May 07, 2014 at 08:06 AM
Recommend this post if you have spoken to a child in the Mandarin program and discovered he/she could barely speak it. (For example, my neighbor has been in it for two years and can only say "hello" and "my name is", as well as some words meaning "mom" "dad" etc. that sound like baby babble - which is what Mandarin sounds like in general.)

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