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99. Well, I had to, but then I was going to an American school in Chile.
It's true that kids learn it much better at a young age. By the time I went to high school I was equally fluent in both languages. But why just Spanish? I had a friend who attended the Lysee Francais in Los Angeles and French was a large part of the curriculum. She spoke it fluently and had at that time never been to France. Another friend of German ancestry sent her kids to German school on Saturday so that they would learn German and the history and literature of their ancestors.

Since Spanish is becoming a mainstream spoken language in this country like French is in Canada, wouldn't it be better to be able to communicate with each other? I know some people don't want their kids marryin' em, and believe speaking the language will lead to this, but it's really ignorant to think that way. Hormones speak no languages but the language of love.
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  -Should Spanish classes be mandatory for all elementary students napi21  Nov-10-05 04:12 PM   #0 
  - Second language requirement-yes  kenny blankenship   Nov-10-05 04:15 PM   #1 
  - Agreed  DesertedRose   Nov-10-05 07:41 PM   #145 
  - Yes. Most all European students study English starting in grade school.  CottonBear   Nov-10-05 04:16 PM   #2 
  - Most Europeans know at least three other languages as well as English...  WiseButAngrySara   Nov-10-05 04:21 PM   #13 
  - When I was in high school  FreedomAngel82   Nov-10-05 07:44 PM   #147 
  - American linguistic weakness makes us a weaker competitor.  NNadir   Nov-10-05 04:17 PM   #3 
  - We are one of the only countries where one main language  calico1   Nov-10-05 04:26 PM   #19 
  - I think it's a stupid idea. All adults in this country who vote, however,  WiseButAngrySara   Nov-10-05 04:17 PM   #4 
  - Well, since the largest growing minority group  calico1   Nov-10-05 04:21 PM   #14 
  - I have to respectfully disagree.  CottonBear   Nov-10-05 04:24 PM   #18 
  - God knows that we don't want our children to be more accomplished  Maddy McCall   Nov-10-05 04:29 PM   #26 
  - In Puerto Rico you are taught English from  calico1   Nov-10-05 04:31 PM   #31 
  - I am by No means against language instruction of any kind, and yes it  WiseButAngrySara   Nov-10-05 04:51 PM   #55 
  - Florida has a very large Cuban population. n/t  calico1   Nov-10-05 04:57 PM   #63 
  - Exactly! Cuban. Not Mexican. And I just bet that some of Jeb's buddies  WiseButAngrySara   Nov-10-05 05:04 PM   #72 
  - Why do you think ONLY people from Mexico speak Spanish???...  tx_dem41   Nov-10-05 05:00 PM   #67 
     - See #72. I am NOT as stupid as you seem to believe I am. I have many  WiseButAngrySara   Nov-10-05 05:20 PM   #95 
        - Ummmm..Brazilians speak Portuguese. n/t  tx_dem41   Nov-10-05 05:25 PM   #100 
           - Ummmm..I suppose you converse with them in that language? The Brazilian  WiseButAngrySara   Nov-10-05 05:44 PM   #120 
              - Spanish, French, Russian...  tx_dem41   Nov-10-05 05:46 PM   #121 
                 - Well, you are an exception. I have taken Latin, Spanish, classical Greek,  WiseButAngrySara   Nov-10-05 06:01 PM   #132 
  - You mention our PM speaking both English and French at press conferences.  IntravenousDemilo   Nov-10-05 04:53 PM   #57 
     - That's because the people in Quebec would get pissed off  Ignacio Upton   Nov-10-05 05:11 PM   #78 
     - Oh, don't remind me. *cry, sniff, boo hoo, snivel* n/t  CottonBear   Nov-10-05 05:20 PM   #91 
  - English is not the national language  nadinbrzezinski   Nov-10-05 04:34 PM   #37 
  - What? How did you possibly draw this conclusion from what I've written?  WiseButAngrySara   Nov-10-05 04:59 PM   #64 
  - And we should have a second. It's great for kids to have two  SmokingJacket   Nov-10-05 05:28 PM   #103 
  - HA! this isn't ENGLAND either.  kineta   Nov-10-05 07:26 PM   #142 
  - Chinese might be more appropriate. nt  babylonsister   Nov-10-05 04:17 PM   #5 
  - Indeed  pmegan   Nov-10-05 04:20 PM   #11 
  - I went to a Catholic high school,  deadparrot   Nov-10-05 04:21 PM   #12 
     - It's a valid question, and will become more  babylonsister   Nov-10-05 04:26 PM   #20 
        - Oh, absolutely not.  deadparrot   Nov-10-05 04:33 PM   #34 
        - Yet somehow, so many Chinese manage to learn English.  SmokingJacket   Nov-10-05 05:29 PM   #105 
        - Many Chinese and Hindi people in GA speak English & also Spanish  CottonBear   Nov-10-05 05:36 PM   #114 
        - I don't know about you but I find this  calico1   Nov-10-05 05:48 PM   #122 
           - My local Indian convienience store clerk (Mr. Patel) & Chinese waitress  CottonBear   Nov-10-05 08:59 PM   #151 
        - In all honesty, I don't think it's that simple.  deadparrot   Nov-10-05 07:55 PM   #148 
        - And yet many Asians from all countries come here  calico1   Nov-10-05 05:34 PM   #110 
        - Speaking Mandarin is way easier than writing it  NewJeffCT   Nov-10-05 05:49 PM   #123 
  - I would have liked it, myself. Nowadays, I find myself awfully lazy.  Qibing Zero   Nov-10-05 04:18 PM   #6 
  - I think a second language should be offered  calico1   Nov-10-05 04:19 PM   #7 
  - Spanish - No : Second Language - Yes  SlipperySlope   Nov-10-05 04:19 PM   #8 
  - Because more individual countries speak Spanish as a first language  IntravenousDemilo   Nov-10-05 05:04 PM   #71 
     - I wouldn't be for making one particular second language  calico1   Nov-10-05 05:35 PM   #113 
  - Why Spanish?  pmegan   Nov-10-05 04:20 PM   #9 
  - Spanish is the second most commonly spoken language at home  Der Blaue Engel   Nov-10-05 04:31 PM   #29 
     - Okay...  pmegan   Nov-10-05 04:36 PM   #40 
        - I'm just conjecturing as to why they would suggest Spanish  Der Blaue Engel   Nov-10-05 04:39 PM   #42 
           - Well, I know why they chose Spanish...  pmegan   Nov-10-05 04:51 PM   #56 
              - Ding... ding... ding!!!  Lost-in-FL   Nov-10-05 04:56 PM   #61 
              - Most Hispanics vote for the Democratic party  calico1   Nov-10-05 05:00 PM   #66 
                 - Perhaps, parhaps not  pmegan   Nov-10-05 05:09 PM   #76 
                    - Cubans are an exception. Many of them were Bautista supporters.  CottonBear   Nov-10-05 05:13 PM   #81 
                    - Once again.... the Hispanics in FL  calico1   Nov-10-05 05:20 PM   #93 
  - A second language Yes - Why Spanish necessarily?  Mass   Nov-10-05 04:20 PM   #10 
  - there are so many excellent Spanish/English speaking people  Mend   Nov-10-05 04:21 PM   #15 
  - I paid extra for my son to take Spanish in kindergarten  SW FL Dem   Nov-10-05 04:24 PM   #16 
  - Yes, and Spanish is the best choice.  Ron_Green   Nov-10-05 04:24 PM   #17 
  - Spanish is a Romance language so once one learns Spanish  CottonBear   Nov-10-05 04:27 PM   #21 
  - Exactly. English is Germanic, and Spanish covers the other bases.  Ron_Green   Nov-10-05 04:29 PM   #25 
  - Well, I would say somewhat easier.  calico1   Nov-10-05 04:44 PM   #46 
     - At least it's easier to read maps, signs, menus and communicate  CottonBear   Nov-10-05 04:47 PM   #50 
        - I agree with that.  calico1   Nov-10-05 05:03 PM   #69 
  - agree, with you  maddezmom   Nov-10-05 04:31 PM   #28 
  - Deleted message  Name removed   Nov-10-05 04:27 PM   #22 
  - Why do you "shudder" at the idea of learning French?  CottonBear   Nov-10-05 04:34 PM   #38 
  - Deleted message  Name removed   Nov-10-05 05:12 PM   #79 
     - We need bi-lingual eduaction and ESL classes for immigrant children.  CottonBear   Nov-10-05 05:15 PM   #85 
        - BINGO!!!  Lost-in-FL   Nov-10-05 05:34 PM   #109 
  - "These" people?  Der Blaue Engel   Nov-10-05 05:04 PM   #73 
  - Remember TEXAS and CALIFORNIA...  Lost-in-FL   Nov-10-05 05:17 PM   #88 
     - Well, then if we all spoke English and Spanish  Der Blaue Engel   Nov-10-05 05:19 PM   #90 
        - The problem is not "not learning" a 2nd language...  Lost-in-FL   Nov-10-05 05:33 PM   #108 
           - I'm not for mandatory Spanish either  Der Blaue Engel   Nov-10-05 05:40 PM   #117 
           - By the way... I am biligual...  Lost-in-FL   Nov-10-05 05:56 PM   #128 
              - English is mandatory for children in the public school system  Der Blaue Engel   Nov-10-05 07:27 PM   #143 
           - No, every child should learn English and Latin.  Xithras   Nov-10-05 05:59 PM   #131 
  - What's wrong with Spanish? it's the second most spoken among US citizens.  pinto   Nov-10-05 05:39 PM   #115 
     - Deleted message  Name removed   Nov-10-05 07:39 PM   #144 
  - Most rich kids learn Spanish from their nannies  AngryAmish   Nov-10-05 04:28 PM   #23 
  - Why not make ENGLISH and INTELLIGENT DESIGN mandatory?  Lost-in-FL   Nov-10-05 04:28 PM   #24 
  - No  shenmue   Nov-10-05 04:30 PM   #27 
  - I agree with you... I think we shouldn't...  Lost-in-FL   Nov-10-05 04:33 PM   #35 
     - Tell me exactly where it says that English is the official language  nadinbrzezinski   Nov-10-05 04:36 PM   #41 
        - No where...  Lost-in-FL   Nov-10-05 04:42 PM   #44 
           - Most nations have official languages, the US legally  nadinbrzezinski   Nov-10-05 04:54 PM   #58 
              - The German thing is a myth  eggman67   Nov-10-05 05:27 PM   #102 
  - I like the idea. Would be fun for kids and demographically, Spanish  pinto   Nov-10-05 04:31 PM   #30 
  - A fundie language requirement is speaking in tongues :)  DanCa   Nov-10-05 04:32 PM   #32 
  - The younger you learn the better you learn.  calico1   Nov-10-05 04:49 PM   #53 
  - I say go straight to Latin  Book Lover   Nov-10-05 04:32 PM   #33 
  - Everyone at my high school took a year of Latin in 8th grade.  CottonBear   Nov-10-05 04:39 PM   #43 
  - Actually I agree. I took Latin in HS and it has helped more then...  WePurrsevere   Nov-10-05 06:35 PM   #137 
  - A lot of people are wondering "why Spanish?"  Der Blaue Engel   Nov-10-05 04:34 PM   #36 
  - No, here's why... (call me a Republican if you want but hear me out)  ReverendDeuce   Nov-10-05 04:35 PM   #39 
  - Why Spanish? Because there are millions of Spanish speakers  CottonBear   Nov-10-05 04:44 PM   #45 
  - And they live close to 300+ million English speakers... your point?  ReverendDeuce   Nov-10-05 04:46 PM   #47 
     - Second Geneartion immigrants becomne fluent. It's a fact.  CottonBear   Nov-10-05 04:54 PM   #59 
     - Its the adult, first generation people who have  calico1   Nov-10-05 04:56 PM   #62 
  - Learning a second language is mandatory for admission to most  Der Blaue Engel   Nov-10-05 04:47 PM   #49 
  - This is fine... but then, I ask, why Spanish? Why not French? Esperanto?  ReverendDeuce   Nov-10-05 04:49 PM   #54 
     - The same reason that most British people study French:  CottonBear   Nov-10-05 04:59 PM   #65 
     - I would say it depends on where you are. If you  calico1   Nov-10-05 05:41 PM   #118 
  - I took 3 years of Latin and 2 years of German & 1 of Russian in HS.  napi21   Nov-10-05 05:04 PM   #74 
  - Of course!  IntravenousDemilo   Nov-10-05 04:46 PM   #48 
  - YES.YES.YES.......  goddess40   Nov-10-05 04:47 PM   #51 
  - Funny thing is  tamtam   Nov-10-05 04:48 PM   #52 
  - Have your children forgotten how to speak English?  calico1   Nov-10-05 04:54 PM   #60 
  - I do not think is resistance, I think it is reluctance...  Lost-in-FL   Nov-10-05 05:03 PM   #68 
  - Why not teach English, LAtin, Greek and a foregin language.  CottonBear   Nov-10-05 05:09 PM   #77 
  - I agree with you 100%...  Lost-in-FL   Nov-10-05 05:13 PM   #82 
     - All we have to do is cut the defense budget and fund schools instead.  CottonBear   Nov-10-05 05:23 PM   #98 
        - You got it...  Lost-in-FL   Nov-10-05 05:40 PM   #116 
  - There are definitely many problems in our  calico1   Nov-10-05 05:14 PM   #83 
     - It would be a great idea to teach a second language...  Lost-in-FL   Nov-10-05 05:20 PM   #92 
  - I don't get it either  tamtam   Nov-10-05 05:29 PM   #104 
     - I think you are right.  calico1   Nov-10-05 05:54 PM   #126 
  - Why the animosity toward learning Spanish you ask.  CottonBear   Nov-10-05 05:04 PM   #70 
  - No  Ignacio Upton   Nov-10-05 05:07 PM   #75 
  - So do you thing speaking anything but English  calico1   Nov-10-05 05:15 PM   #84 
  - No, but balkanization is not a good idea  Ignacio Upton   Nov-10-05 05:21 PM   #97 
  - Have you ever been to Canada, Mexico, South America or Europe?  CottonBear   Nov-10-05 05:18 PM   #89 
  - Seeing as how you love English so much,  IntravenousDemilo   Nov-10-05 05:27 PM   #101 
     - Sorry, I can't type very well  Ignacio Upton   Nov-10-05 05:32 PM   #107 
        - Oh, OK then.  IntravenousDemilo   Nov-10-05 05:54 PM   #127 
        - I agree that a foreign language use is practical  Ignacio Upton   Nov-10-05 06:15 PM   #134 
           - I don't like the whole "melting pot" thing.  IntravenousDemilo   Nov-10-05 06:22 PM   #135 
           - The interesting thing is that we don't have a real  calico1   Nov-10-05 06:38 PM   #138 
              - We're technically all immigrants in that way  Ignacio Upton   Nov-10-05 06:53 PM   #139 
           - I hate to tell you this but racism against those  calico1   Nov-10-05 06:26 PM   #136 
        - In the early 1900's the white, anglo  calico1   Nov-10-05 06:10 PM   #133 
  - I believe a foreign language should be mandatory.  tallahasseedem   Nov-10-05 05:13 PM   #80 
  - And beginning in elementary school  brentspeak   Nov-10-05 05:17 PM   #87 
  - I think everyone here should educate themselves on the English-only  Der Blaue Engel   Nov-10-05 05:15 PM   #86 
  - A second language should be mandated, not necessarily Spanish.  Starbucks Anarchist   Nov-10-05 05:20 PM   #94 
  - this will be a spanish speaking country in the not to distant  xchrom   Nov-10-05 05:21 PM   #96 
  - Why?  pmegan   Nov-10-05 05:34 PM   #111 
  - Maybe, maybe not.  jaredh   Nov-10-05 05:57 PM   #129 
  - Well, I had to, but then I was going to an American school in Chile.  Cleita   Nov-10-05 05:24 PM   #99 
  - This thread has brought out a lot of anti-immigrant sentiment.  SmokingJacket   Nov-10-05 05:31 PM   #106 
  - I noticed. It is disturbing. n/t  CottonBear   Nov-10-05 05:35 PM   #112 
  - Florida State Constitution  ebal   Nov-10-05 05:44 PM   #119 
  - Si!  B Calm   Nov-10-05 05:51 PM   #124 
  - A 2nd language should be mandatory  NewJeffCT   Nov-10-05 05:52 PM   #125 
  - Second language requirement, yes  jaredh   Nov-10-05 05:58 PM   #130 
  - Before I read another post I will answer  Horse with no Name   Nov-10-05 06:56 PM   #140 
  - A secondary language should be required in elementary school.  NYdemocrat089   Nov-10-05 07:24 PM   #141 
  - Maybe late elementary  FreedomAngel82   Nov-10-05 07:41 PM   #146 
  - In my Elementary school, I was taught Spanish  DemGirl7   Nov-10-05 08:31 PM   #149 
  - Yes! n/t  carolinalady   Nov-10-05 08:32 PM   #150 
  - Why Spanish?  Davis_X_Machina   Nov-10-05 09:12 PM   #152 

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