My sons class has an aid for just one child that does not speak English. The mom can speak English because I have met her at the school but she wants her child to speak spanish so they have a special aid in the class for him to understand what is going on. This district is lacking in many other places and I feel that the money spend on this aid could be better used elsewhere and if the mom wants her son to only speak spanish she should send him to a school where english is the second language (they do have them in this area). From talking to the PTA i am not the only parent with this concern so it is going to be brought up to the district in the next budget meeting, but I was wondering what other veiws on this were?
Asked by Anonymous at 2:40 PM on Oct. 11, 2010 in School-Age Kids (5-8)
Our public schools have cut all elementary art programs, elementary gifted programs and elementary Spanish programs (teaching Spanish to English speakers) so that they can have more ESL aids and teachers. It's a terrible way to allot funding in my opinion and one of the reasons we now home school our kids.
Answer by scout_mom at 10:23 PM on Oct. 11, 2010
Answer by slw123 at 6:07 PM on Oct. 11, 2010
Answer by mekarevell at 1:00 AM on Oct. 12, 2010
Answer by Christine0813 at 9:24 AM on Oct. 12, 2010
That doesn't sound right. The schools where I used to live had classes for the non-English speakers to help them learn faster but they were still mainstreamed for most of their subjects even when they didn't speak English at all (I always felt bad for those kids because it must be so confusing when you don't understand anything that anyone is saying) but they say they learn faster being immersed. We lived in a neighborhood that was mostly Hispanic so almost everyone spoke Spanish.
I can't see having an aide for just 1 single kid in the class that doesn't speak English. He should be taking extra ESL classes to learn English.
Answer by justanotherjen at 11:32 AM on Oct. 12, 2010
Answer by Pnukey at 9:11 AM on Oct. 13, 2010