Sunday, June 26, 2011

Save money on TIFs - 说中国话

I still think that the most efficient economic development program in the world would be to put a Chinese teacher in every school.

Happening in eastern PA: Pen Argyl Area School District offering Mandarin Chinese.

Has to be a lot cheaper than some of the things we spend money on, or other tax loopholes.

Irony there is the school district out there did it with our help according to the article.  How many local schools have anything resembling a teacher capable of teaching Mandarin?

Update:  I didn't mean to imply there were no such teachers here, and the Pitt program clearly has teachers placed locally.  Imagine though if someone pushed making Mandarin available as an option in every school district.  I bet the supply of instructors is out there and in the end it just has to be cheaper than a lot of other things we try with little hope of making an impact.

Update 2: a complete coincidence, but at the moment this went online, the Jewish Chronicle put up an article on the diasporan of the moment who has made it big in China: Former Pittsburgher became ‘Big in China’


Blogger Adam said...

I think Linden in the Pittsburgh Public Schools is going to host a Mandarin Chinese magnet program K-5starting next year. I assume that when it graduates 5th graders, Chinese will then be added at the Obama international studies 6-12 school. Of course, one magnet program is not exactly going to make the study of Chinese widespread across the region. But it's a start.

Sunday, June 26, 2011 9:33:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

How about putting a teacher in every classroom first? And a classroom in every community? We're cutting down our public education system to severe red-alert levels. It's so... dumb.

I feel like yr suggestion is like flying a rocketship on the moon while our state legislators still think the moon is made out of cheese.

Sunday, June 26, 2011 10:50:00 PM  
Anonymous MH said...

To play Devil's Advocate here, speaking mandarin isn't exactly a rare skill in this area. A native english speaker who can speak mandarin is rare, but that's not the same thing.

Monday, June 27, 2011 6:58:00 AM  
Anonymous n'at said...

I recall a brief school board discussion on languages a week or so ago. It seems a foreign language course is allowed in ever school. However the school must have the funds to hire an instructor. I guess the District doesn't have a cogent plan as Italian is very popular in a few schools though not offered at all in others...

Monday, June 27, 2011 4:32:00 PM  
Blogger sam said...

I wonder if programming languages will ever fulfill a language requirements. Sure, our biggest competitor/partner in global trade is and will continue to be China, but our biggest vehicle for that trade will surely be the inter-t00bz.

Monday, June 27, 2011 8:56:00 PM  

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