The dad wrote that the school was supposed to offer Chinese and German, but not enough kids signed up for the classes. Instead the school will offer Spanish, French and Latin. Good options, but the dad’s son planned to take German.
The father writes that French is a waste of time for most students and that the school would be better off to teach German and Chinese.
Over the years I’ve often heard from parents upset with foreign language options at their high schools. Some want the classics — Latin, French and Spanish. Others wants schools to think more global and teach Chinese, Japanese and Arabic.
What languages do you think schools should offer? Should they focus on the classics or take a more global approach?