|Parents push for Mandarin immersion program
Menlo Park City School District already offers popular Spanish immersion classes
|by Renee Batti
With China on a path to becoming the largest economy in the world, the interest in teaching children in the United States the Mandarin language is also growing apace. And given the climate of business innovation that keeps Silicon Valley a key player in the global economy, why shouldn’t local schools offer Mandarin immersion programs to prepare kids for the global marketplace many of them will be competing in?
That’s a question local parent Carol Cunningham is raising in the Menlo Park City School District, where she has been leading an effort to add such a program to the district’s offerings. The effort, she told the school board at a recent meeting, is supported by more than 50 families, with about 80 children among them, and that support “is steadily growing.”
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