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Letter: English is our spoken language

It could be that things have changed drastically. When I was secretary at the Carbondale Elementary School, we had what the state of Colorado said was “Fast Track English Class.”

This class was to put any child that didn’t speak the English language on the fast track to learning. This meant that the kindergarten and/or the first-grade teacher taught those students that needed to learn English on the fast track to learning ASAP. This was mandated by the state of Colorado.

Teachers from first grade on up didn’t need to concern themselves with students using any other language. They learned English immediately. Is that considered an obsolete class at present? I would think it would give teachers a boost to not have to worry about any student not knowing English in classes and their ability to assimilate into the classroom? Is that our problem? Or is it just that the parents and the entire family of the student doesn’t feel a need to learn the English language at all. English is the spoken language in America.

Jane Spaulding


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