Des Moines Catholic School To Begin Spanish Immersion Program

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America is rapidly becoming a bilingual country with the influence of Latino immigrants.
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Karen

Des Moines, IA

#1 Feb 1, 2010
How awesome is this? It's about time Des Moines had a program to teach our kids Spanish the right way. KUDOS to St. Anthony School for starting this program. I just spent a good 30 minutes reading about this great opportunity on their website, www.stanthonydsm.org .
Joe

Ankeny, IA

#2 Feb 1, 2010
"render unto Ceasar, that which is Ceasars'

it sickens me that my church engages in sedition

Since: Feb 10

Louisville, KY

#3 Feb 1, 2010
I think its good oppurnity to kids. to let children learn a new language would be completely helpful especially for the job market as it is already cut throat. Althought realistically spanish Would be helpful in certain markets like nurses, teachers, or depending if they move closer southwest of the country. Overall its a waste of money spanish countries don't support alot in bussiness world. I think its good to teach children a new language I think spanish is a waste of time it would probably better if the learned chinnese or japanese knowing they influence more americian markets in many fields than spanish.
KLM

Ames, IA

#4 Feb 1, 2010
This is USA not Mexico or South America. We Americans shouldn't have to learn Spanish this is our country not theirs. If they want to be here then learn English simple as that. It not right to force Spanish on us. I would like to know going to teach Mexicans English.
We need a English only law in this country.
Lynn

West Des Moines, IA

#5 Feb 1, 2010
This is great news for Des Moines. These programs are popular in most larger urban areas. I'm very excited that Des Moines will finally have an immersion option. I plan to go to the meeting on February 11th to learn more. We live on the west side but a program like this is worth the drive.

Since: Feb 10

Louisville, KY

#6 Feb 1, 2010
KLM wrote:
This is USA not Mexico or South America. We Americans shouldn't have to learn Spanish this is our country not theirs. If they want to be here then learn English simple as that. It not right to force Spanish on us. I would like to know going to teach Mexicans English.
We need a English only law in this country.
I agree with you other countrys have a natianal language and we have to conform if we step in their lands same should goes for us. But were talking about teaching the language to children. I don't see whats wrong with children learning spanish anything that would help them in a tight job market. Education is education there is nothing wrong about teching children a language although I think teaching chineese or japaneese would be more usful job wise than spanish. Mybe it can be recipical in the emersion for example our kids learn spanish the spanish speakers learn english. If it goes both ways I don't see a problem.
carmi

Des Moines, IA

#7 Feb 1, 2010
this is great
Karen

Des Moines, IA

#8 Feb 1, 2010
KLM wrote:
This is USA not Mexico or South America. We Americans shouldn't have to learn Spanish this is our country not theirs. If they want to be here then learn English simple as that. It not right to force Spanish on us. I would like to know going to teach Mexicans English.
We need a English only law in this country.
KLM, you should read the research on language immersion. People who learn another language have brains that function at a higher level than those who only speak one language. It doesn't matter what language they learn as their first or second (or third or fourth). Those Americans that are enrolling their kids on these programs can see the big picture and it's their kids who will have the edge in this global economy. The monolinguals will be playing catch-up.
I'm planning on being there on Feb. 11th too. My daughter has a couple of years before she starts school & my son is a baby. But I'll bet this school will have a long waiting list. I want to sign my kids up this year so they are at the top of the list to get in.
carmi

Des Moines, IA

#9 Feb 1, 2010
I see nothing wrong with a child being taught any
subject that will inhance his or hers ability to communicate with a fellow human being.Our ancestors
all came from some where else to begin with.
James

Des Moines, IA

#10 Feb 1, 2010
I think it is long over due. Des Moines needs a program like this. As a person who is from the Midwest and traveled to Latin America I was quite surprised at how many people there speak English and many other languages as well.
I think that a person should know the language of the country they live in. Nearly all immigrants who have come to the United States have learned English. if you were to spend a short time watching Univision,( a Spanish channel based out of Miami), you would see that they have commercials on all the time for Latinos wanting or trying to learn English.
Knowing two languages is a benefit in many ways. I took two years of French in High School and couldn't order pomme frites to save my life in France. You have to start early! Later in life I started learning Spanish and by doing that I became a better English speaker. Why because it makes you better understand how and why different words are conjugated and used. People will open up to someone more even if they are just trying to speak their language to them. And it comes in handy in my place of business. Good for you Des Moines!
Terry

Berlin, MD

#11 Feb 1, 2010
AWESOME idea!!! I wish my school would've done this MANY years ago.....

Can adults join the kids??
Lynn

West Des Moines, IA

#12 Feb 1, 2010
KLM wrote:
This is USA not Mexico or South America. We Americans shouldn't have to learn Spanish this is our country not theirs. If they want to be here then learn English simple as that. It not right to force Spanish on us. I would like to know going to teach Mexicans English.
We need a English only law in this country.
First of all no one is forcing Spanish on anyone....and English is the official language of our state.

I would like my kids to be in a program like this so they can travel the world and work in the global economy. Perhaps, you have no desire to leave Webster City in which case a program like this wouldn't be for you.
Love it

Berlin, MD

#13 Feb 1, 2010
I wish Des Moines schools would do this. As others have said, to be competitive in the job market of the future, you need to know another language. Even in today's job market it is helpful. A lot of jobs will pay more $$ if you know another language.
Great Idea

Milton, FL

#14 Feb 1, 2010
It is about time someone made sense about kids learning a new language. Research does say young children learn language best and Immersion is the best method. I will share the news to my friends to get to this meeting on Feb. 11.
gary stanford

Des Moines, IA

#15 Feb 1, 2010
Yea,thats just what we need let twelve million illegals run the country.
Teresa

Des Moines, IA

#16 Feb 1, 2010
Can anyone tell me if St. Anthony is the school over by the Science Center and Principal Park? I live in Clive but work downtown and if it's the school I'm thinking of it's really close. Worth looking into if that's the one.
Rosemary

West Des Moines, IA

#17 Feb 1, 2010
Teresa wrote:
Can anyone tell me if St. Anthony is the school over by the Science Center and Principal Park? I live in Clive but work downtown and if it's the school I'm thinking of it's really close. Worth looking into if that's the one.
Yes, St. Anthony's is about 2 minutes from downtown and just south of the Science Center. You should check us out. It's my parish and I think this is great. My kids are too old for this program. I wish they would have had this opportunity in elementary school.
Teresa

Des Moines, IA

#18 Feb 1, 2010
Thanks Rosemary, I will definitely look into it on the 11th. This is so cool! I'm excited for Des Moines to have this and agree with Terry. Can we join the kids?
Me and You

Scranton, IA

#19 Feb 1, 2010
I've got a much better idea!!! Your kids can't read or write english the way it is!! How about teaching all the kids that first?
You've got how many Spanish speaking kids in your school and you want to teach them more Spanish???
Brilliant waste of time!!! Who's idea is this???
Me and You

Scranton, IA

#20 Feb 1, 2010
"SEDITION". Was a perfect description whoever you are.

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