Skip to comments.Chicago school kids learn CHINESE!
Posted on 01/29/2006 4:43:03 PM PST by Dick Bachert
Just caught a network news segment on how the Chicago government schools at the alleged urging of parents are teaching kids there CHINESE, a language having 3 gazillion unique GRAPHIC as opposed to our 26 alphabetical characters and 4 or so basic SOUNDS!
They claim theyre doing this so our kids can COMPETE with the Chinese most of whom are busy learning a much easier language: ENGLISH!!
I think teaching American kids Chinese is wonderful. These kids will then be able to explain why they are ignorant of biology, physics, math, basic science, etc. IN CHINESE because their local educrats stole time from THOSE vital skills necessary for us to compete with the Europeans and the Chinese to teach them CHINESE!
Good, maybe they will do better with Chinese than they do with English!
As I understand it, English is pretty high on the list of Most Difficult Languages To Learn.
I vote we teach them Latin!
This isn't a zero sum game.
I think this is a good idea. Kids do bettr absorbing lanugages than us calcified oldsters.
Chinese kids don't seem to have a problem with the way Chinese works.
I wish someone would have taught me Chinese. Believe me, in the new world coming it will be much more important than Spanish.
I learned French in school.
It's a good thing for us that the Chinese cling to their screwy alphabet. It reduces their efficiency for a lot of things where they could better compete with us.
Talk about an exercise in futility- Spanish is a comparatively simple language and most of the kids in my high school second-year Spanish class could barely speak it at all.
ummm actually English is the hardest language to learn.
English is the ONLY language were you can say EXACTLY what you wish to say.
chinese is hard because of the graphic nature of the written language, but the spoken language is not that hard to learn.
the problem here is that those kids are still learning ENGLISH, which SHOULD be the priority. It's much harder to master.
Arabic would also be a good language to learm to get a syep up in jobs ... also Japanese.
Chinese is taught in 1st grade in many schools in NY.
Dat depend on what kinda English you be talking.
That's just because we can't seem to come to a consensus on how letter combinations sound....
Haven't you heard? Chinese nannies are THE latest fad for affluent Manhattan families:
It's Greek to me.
I teach my girls Latin and Greek with a program called "English from the Roots Up"
Yeah, typical American. Wants EVERYBODY to learn English, but G-d forbid our own kids learn a foreign language. Sheesh!
However Chinese tops the list.
I second that! Everything has been going to hell since kids (including me) stopped learning Latin. As a result it's been a lot harder for me to try learning it at this late date.
Chinese solves that problem by making the written form of the word completely unrelated to anything about how it sounds.
Chinese has 40 characters and is one of the easiest languages there is. English is considered difficult.
Greek (classical) has the most phonetic alphabet ever.
they are learning the language of their future masters :)
Complaints continue about that defect in the English written language, and even more so in French.
Think about this: KNOW THINE ENEMY.
Geez... what's wrong with learning a different language? I only wish I had the option of something other than Spanish and French when I was in school.
"Yea, we don't want some of our kids learning Chinese because they might go forward and get a job with the CIA, Military, Big Business or some kind of other un-American occupation."
Thanks for stating the obvious.
It's hard enough being a conservative, I really hate when people give liberals free ammunition to make us look like out of touch bumblers.
Absolutely true. Kids are like sponges when they're young. It is much easier for them to learn foreign languages. I began taking Spanish when I was in the second grade, and even had a little French in the third grade. After seven years of Spanish, I had a breeze of a time in high school Spanish, and cruised through a Spanish minor in college.
As a non-native speaker, let me tell you that English is extremely difficult to learn. I've learned to speak a number of languages. Nothing for me is so hard as Mandarin -- I gave that up.
"Good, maybe they will do better with Chinese than they do with English!"
There's no way a kid can fail a written exam in chinese. All you've to do is scribble something that looks like a chinese character and you're through!
Unrelated but when I was in grade school many year ago [40+] my 4th grade teacher had us learn several Japanese phrases... Does that mean I'm turning Japanese, that I'm turning Japanese, I don't think so...
Doesn't Latin as well?
That's a language I'd really like to learn. If nothing else, I could impress babes by posing as a lawyer...
I'm confused. Chinese is an extremely useful language to learn, and it is increasingly so. What's wrong with learning it? It'll give these kids a huge competitive edge in applying for all kinds of employment.
I read somewhere a long time ago that the odds of a child attending a university more than doubled if they spoke more than one language. More education is never a bad thing. Learning Chinese could benefit OUR government too -- after all, the NSA needs people fluent in all languages.
Chinese is on my list, probably about fourth now. I am remaining optimistic on that one.
Out of curiosity, 40 characters? Not when I was learning it. Maybe they've downsized.
Or rather, not learning it.
Latin borrowed the concept, but did not implement it perfectly.
Hope they can read "Brown Spots on the Wall" by Hu Flung Poo.
"40 characters"? I don't think so.
I did not know that!
I'm sorta an amateur etymology geek that loves to learn the origin of words, and their prefixes/suffixes
Can you sound like those Japanese military characters in old movies that talk way back in the throat? You just know they are tough and won't tolerate any backtalk.
She probably hasn't been TOLD what she thinks yet.
With the Whole Word method of reading instruction, kids are already being taught English as if it were Chinese. So teaching them Chinese is the next logical step.
They taught Russian in the high school I attended back in the 70's.
A Chinese person explained it. The ideographs are made up of about 40 smaller characters. True, pronunciation from the written word is a different matter. But, when we read English words we pretty much deal with them as units, which is not really so different.
"These kids will then be able to explain why they are ignorant of biology, physics, math, basic science, etc. IN CHINESE because their local educrats stole time from THOSE vital skills necessary for us to compete with the Europeans and the Chinese to teach them CHINESE!"
You don't get it. It's so the kids can understand the science teacher. Where in the U.S. are they going to find "qualified" high school teachers who know anything about biology, physics, math, or basic science?