I follow another blogger who is named Mary Ann Zehr. She blogs for Education Week and does a terrific job presenting topics very objectively for readers to be informed without bias.
Read here a very brief overview of who is being recommended by the education review team for Obama’s administration.
I have mentioned before, and I will do so again & again…Obama spoke during his campaign about the need for focus on Early Childhood Education. I pray he stands firm on this point and does so early in his first year in office. For it is those first five formative years where we can truly help our young children get a sound jump start on learning languages. Did you realize the following:
- Before the age of five young children hold no inhibitions about making mistakes in their new language
- Before the age of five young children love learning with music & movement fun providing for long term retention
- Before the age of five young childen will experience early reading skills should they experience two languages presented to them side-by-side
- Before the age of five young children will enjoy native or near-native pronunciation of a new language
- By the age of five 90% of the brain is developed
President Obama, hear my personal plea, as a mom of three and as a bilingual educator of thousands, we need help during the very early years of these children’s lives. Our country continues to miss the mark on when to begin second (and even 3rd and 4th) language learning. Other countries insist their little children begin learning more than their native language early in life – as early as age 3 & 4! Might the United States of America become a front runner in this mind set?
Happy Educating! ¡Sea feliz educando!
Beth Butler, Founder of The Boca Beth Program