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Old 08-27-2009, 09:22 AM
 
Location: San Antonio, TX, USA
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I didnt apreciate all the sarcasm in that letter. The comment about bilingual kids being smarter is also offensive. Im also wondering how factual all these statements being made in this letter are. I would recommend taking some writing classes at your local community college.
Bilingual children have developed more areas of the brain than other non bilingual children.
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Old 08-27-2009, 09:28 AM
 
Location: Smalltown, USA
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Bilingual children have developed more areas of the brain than other non bilingual children.
That doesn't make them "smarter" as the OP stated. I know plenty of non-bilingual children who are pretty darn smart.
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Old 08-27-2009, 09:35 AM
 
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Im bilingual myself so im not arguing for or against it. Im just recomending a less hostile approach for the writer.
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Old 08-27-2009, 09:37 AM
 
Location: Smalltown, USA
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Im bilingual myself so im not arguing for or against it. Im just recomending a less hostile approach for the writer.
I'm not arguing either. I totally agree with you.
I wish my kids were bilingual. One has taken 5 years of spanish and the other is on her second year but I wouldn't call them bilingual.

I agree, I think the letter is a little harsh and could have been written better.
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Old 08-27-2009, 09:38 AM
 
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I didnt apreciate all the sarcasm in that letter. The comment about bilingual kids being smarter is also offensive. Im also wondering how factual all these statements being made in this letter are.
Metalfish, I do apologize if you feel that this letter is full of sarcasm and offensiveness.

I posted this letter not to offened you or anyone in this thread but to inform and to let the South San I.S.D how I feel. We all have freedom of speech or should I say freedom of speech on the internet.

The statements that I have made can be found on the internet, local school meeting and school handouts.

Also, what I meant when I said 'I believe that children who succeed in 2 languages are SMARTER!!!'. I meant that child is smarter and not smarter than all other children.

The bottom line is, if they offer a bilingual program then they should honor it and not pocket the money or use it for something ridiculous.
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Old 08-27-2009, 09:40 AM
 
Location: San Antonio, TX, USA
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Metalfish, I do apologize if you feel that this letter is full of sarcasm and offensiveness.

I posted this letter not to offened you or anyone in this thread but to inform and to let the South San I.S.D how I feel. We all have freedom of speech or should I say freedom of speech on the internet.

The statements that I have made can be found on the internet, local school meeting and school handouts.

Also, what I meant when I said 'I believe that children who succeed in 2 languages are SMARTER!!!'. I meant that child is smarter and not smarter than all other children.

The bottom line is, if they offer a bilingual program then they should honor it and not pocket the money or use it for something ridiculous.
You have every right to be upset. I just wouldn't know how to go about getting the changes done when South San ISD is unwilling to change. It's quite sad.
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Old 08-27-2009, 09:49 AM
 
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well I apologize for suggesting writing classes. I still think maybe a few statments in that letter need to be reconsiderd or restated.Particularly the comment about children expressing thie belif in god. I think thats inapropriate in a letter about bilingual education.
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Old 08-27-2009, 10:36 AM
 
Location: Charleston, SC
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When San Antonio is majority Chinese then we can talk about a bilingual program involving Chinese.
If you knew how many Tibetan and Nepalese refugees there were in the area it'd probably surprise you.
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Old 08-27-2009, 10:40 AM
 
Location: San Antonio
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If you knew how many Tibetan and Nepalese refugees there were in the area it'd probably surprise you.
Do they speak Chinese?

I know there are other minorities in the area. I'm not an idiot. But the majority minority language is Spanish.
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Old 08-27-2009, 12:26 PM
 
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If you knew how many Tibetan and Nepalese refugees there were in the area it'd probably surprise you.
Surprise us (better be more than 100,000)

Being bilingual doesn't make you "smarter"
but it sure makes it easier to learn other languages
I can speak English and Spanish and then learned some Chinese (I can communicate a little) and learning Portuguese was a piece of cake.
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