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Houston Chronicle likes Mandarin immersion idea

January 3, 2012

Mandarin program makes sense

Updated 05:49 p.m., Monday, January 2, 2012

Beginning next year, the Houston Independent School District will offer a magnet school program for elementary-age students in which core subjects will be taught in Mandarin Chinese – the most-spoken language in the world. The program will be at the former Holden Elementary on West 28th Street.

President John F. Kennedy said that the Chinese use two brush strokes to write the word “crisis.” One brush stroke stands for danger; the other for opportunity. In a crisis, it’s important to be aware of the danger – and to recognize the opportunity. Appropriately, students in this Mandarin language immersion program will learn that wisdom in more than one way.

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