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New high school to bring German, French and Chinese language instruction under one roof

Original post made on Feb 10, 2020

Two local bilingual schools have partnered to open a new international high school that will offer German, French and Chinese language programs. 

Read the full story here Web Link posted Monday, February 10, 2020, 12:55 PM

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Posted by Independent
a resident of Esther Clark Park
on Feb 10, 2020 at 4:42 pm

Would they consider operating a non union public charter school - in English- in Palo Alto? Teacher Unionized PAUSD could use the competition.


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Posted by Anon
a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Feb 10, 2020 at 5:07 pm

>> Its location has not yet been determined, but the schools collectively have three sites in Palo Alto and Menlo Park that have sufficient capacity for the preschool, elementary, middle and high school programs,

Great concept. The existing main schools are less than two miles apart, but, likely half an hour drive at rush hour. It makes a lot of sense to consolidate in separate campuses at the elementary, middle, and high school levels. (Castilleja could learn something.)

German, French, Spanish, Chinese -- good. But will they offer Latin?


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Posted by To Independent
a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Feb 11, 2020 at 12:02 pm

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Posted by pearl
a resident of another community
on Feb 11, 2020 at 4:00 pm

German, French and Chinese?!? Whatever for? To land a job in Silicon Valley or the US, you need only to be proficient in English, the language we speak in this country! I hope my taxpayer dollars are not funding these schools!


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Posted by Anon
a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Feb 11, 2020 at 4:38 pm

Posted by pearl, a resident of another community

>> German, French and Chinese?!? Whatever for? To land a job in Silicon Valley or the US, you need only to be proficient in English,

Actually, English is not required, but, many are multilingual. C++, Java, and Python are the most used at the moment.

>> the language we speak in this country! I hope my taxpayer dollars are not funding these schools!

You can rest easy. These are private schools that charge upwards of $30K/year.


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Posted by @pearl
a resident of another community
on Feb 11, 2020 at 4:40 pm

It's amazing to think that there are people out there that actually believe that being fluent in more than one language is somehow "un-american."

But I guess the nativist no-nothing movement still has followers...


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Posted by Stephen
a resident of Duveneck/St. Francis
on Feb 12, 2020 at 6:36 pm

To "pearl" : As some folks are wont to say: "Someone who speaks two languages is bilingual. Someone who speaks one language is American"


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Posted by Patricia
a resident of another community
on Feb 13, 2020 at 9:27 am

The world is made up of many peoples and they speak different languages and have different perspectives. Learning a second and third language teaches you new perspectives and gives you a greater understanding of yourself, others and the world. In a world of global communication we can not effectively communicate without a greater understanding that comes through language and cultural studies. Having an heir of superiority will never lead to successful communication. Just think of that with any friends and acquaintances you may have. Learning to appreciate other countries, cultures, and perspectives will move the world in a healthier direction. As a one language speaker you are stuck within a very narrow perspective framework.


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