If you had a choice for yourself or your children, which foreign language would you learn? Mandarin Chinese? Spanish? French?
In the school district we are in, we have partial language immersion, where math and science are taught in a foreign language to 50 students starting in K-5. I spoke directly to the principal of her future school today and was put at ease that the teachers are PRAXIS certified and that the content of science and math are being taught, but the median is the foreign language. I was afraid of foreign language being the focus instead of the subject content, but I am more at ease about it.
Our elementary school is teaching Mandarin Chinese. However, we can apply to another school for the language. The other two languages being taught are French and Spanish. If we apply for another school, then I am responsible for transportation every day. The Spanish schools would take at least 40 minutes to get it.
The student can also add a second language in the 6th grade if he/she chooses.
Thinking about it: Mandarin Chinese would be a harder language to learn later on in life since it is a symbol language, so may be easier to learn as a child. Spanish is easier to pick up on the streets (the two older girls already have several Spanish words and phrases since their old nanny when I worked spoke Spanish to them and they still use it 2 years later!) and is an letter alphabet language.
What do you think? What language would you pick?