Why is foreign language in the PAUSD taught at such a frenetic pace?
Original post made by Joe, Old Palo Alto, on Sep 10, 2013
I am fluent in 3 languages. When I was in school here in the Bay Area, I took 6 years of French and learned the language well while receiving top marks and proficient to navigate through Paris ten years later. I was challenged but able to perform. Fast forward to Palo Alto, 2013. Why is nearly every foreign language within the PAUSD system taught at such a frenetic rate? I think the curriculum is out of touch with reality. My kids end up spending more time studying for the foreign language classes, not to mention with tutors galore than their other core classes. Do the teachers and the school district realize that nearly all of these kids are not planning to be either linguistics majors or foreign language majors in college? Any insights from the community would be welcomed as I am completely perplexed.