continued Johns’ budget proposal would add the seventh grade program back into the curriculum. Doing so would add back 2.8 foreign language positions, add 25 sections of Level IA foreign language in seventh grade across all three middle schools and require all seventh graders to take a foreign language. This would allow them to meet Checkpoint A standards before entering ninth grade, giving them one high school foreign language credit.
This move would help our students to be more successful in their futures. Foreign languages help students achieve cognitive and emotional maturity, and it helps them to enhance their basic learning, memory and communication skills. Students who start foreign languages earlier are more successful in their academic careers. They score higher on achievement tests like the SAT and ACT and tend to be better at mathematics and synthesizing information.
The human brain is driven by language. That’s why it’s imperative that the 2013-14 budget include seventh grade foreign language.