We are a group of parents whose children are in the Amigos (Spanish immersion), Ola – King Open (Portuguese immersion) and Martin Luther King (Chinese immersion) schools. We believe that language immersion teaching is one of the most exciting developments in education today – for our children’s future and
for our country’s future:
Research shows that immersion teaching provides cognitive benefits above and beyond learning another language – it’s no coincidence that the test scores of students in language immersion programs are consistently higher.
Fluency in a second language is a skill that will give our children a leg up whatever their career.
Research shows that language immersion teaching can help to close the achievement gap for kids from lower socio-economic backgrounds
In a shrinking world our national security depends increasingly on Americans’ ability to read, speak and understand other languages. As US Secretary of Education Arne Duncan has pointed out, only 18% of Americans report speaking a language other than English, while 53% of Europeans can converse in a second language.