Wednesday, August 22, 2007

Finally. Chinese to be taught in West Bend Schools?

Hi folks,

Finally!

But here's all I know right now. The Capital Times reported on Tuesday that:
This fall, armed with emergency permits that will let them teach Chinese while working toward full state licensure, the 18 fellows will spread out to private and public schools in Sheboygan Falls, West Bend, Hudson, Janesville, Milwaukee, Nicolet and Shorewood.
My italics. Wow, is this overdue. But it looks like this is for Holy Angels and not for the West Bend School system.

Here's a cached copy of the bulletin from Holy Angels I found on Google.
Holy Angels School has been selected by the Wisconsin Dept. of Public Instruction to participate in the Chinese Critical Language Fellows Program. A handful of Wisconsin schools will be working with the DPI in providing opportunities to develop Chinese instructional models. One of the participants in the program has been selected to teach at Holy Angels. Hai Yu has been hired and he brings a variety of experiences to the position, including the development of textbook materials in Chinese . Hai Yu also teaches at UW-Waukesha and the Milwaukee Modern Chinese School. He is looking forward to developing a program at Holy Angels to complement the German and Spanish elements of our World Language Program for all students K-8.
More as it appears.

hiho
Mpeterson

6 comments:

Anonymous said...

Great Info. Forwarded this to the "washington county adoptive families" group. Thanks very much for the "heads up".

Mark H

Anonymous said...

The public school system shouldn't hesitate to add Mandarin to their curriculum. I also strongly believe they should begin the foreign language program at the elementary level. Could this ever happen in Washington County?

Joan B

Mpeterson said...

I'm still amazed, almost every day, that we don't offer Mandarin statewide. I don't know why Washington County shouldn't have these programs in place...

--oh wait. Actually I know why we don't. It's because we keep electing legislators who believe investing in education is a waste of the taxpayers' money.

All we can do is keep squeaking.

Best,
Mp

Anonymous said...

Mandarin is coming to the West Bend High Schools in 2008.

This January 2008, there will be an immersion Mandarin program open to the public as an after school program at St Frances Cabrini.MMCS (non-profit) group is putting this program together. Contact yzhuo@uwm.edu for informaiton.

There is also a Mandarin preshcool program open to the public that started a few weeks back. Contact norgan@yahoo.com for more information.

Joan

Mpeterson said...

Whew, thanks Joan.

Well, it's a start!

But why does this have to go through the private schools? Why wouldn't we want to have the public schools teach Chinese? We teach math -- presumably because when they get older, students will need that skill to keep us economically viable.

Is there some argument that the US will be more economically viable if we don't offer Chinese? Isn't it the case that we'd be more economically viable if we did?

Just musing.

Anonymous said...

Just want to tell you that there is a Chinese School located at Our Savior Lutheron Church, West Bend, WI including pre-school, elementary and adult Chinese courses.

Chris