http://www.channel3000.com/education/22260839/detail.html Verona School Board To Vote On Proposed Charter School Vote Scheduled At Monday Board Meeting Updated: 10:37 am CST January 18, 2010 VERONA, Wis. -- The Verona Area School District Board of Education will vote on adding a third charter school to its district on Monday night. The proposed school would offer the state's first Mandarin Chinese for a language immersion program. The program would consist of one class to start with. That class would enroll kidnergartners and first-graders, who would spend half their days learning in Chinese and the other half learning in English. The school would open in the fall of 2010. The board meeting is scheduled at 7:30 p.m. on Monday. The GT Brain trust thoughts? Obviously, the best way to learn a language is to grow up with it. If you were a parent, would you take advantage of this? We lived in the area for 10 years and most families in Verona are in the upper/middle class or lower/upper class bracklets. Kids are generally nice and they do very well on SAT scores coming out of high school. Like many of Madison, WI suburbs I would label it "affluent." While you can't sterotype and say kids in this area succeed in life-I would be surprised if they didn't. Of course, someone will say this is all part of the Obama agenda..but I have some serious questions. I used to live in this district and if I still did I would be asking: I know at the K and 1st grade levels kids generally don't "fail"; but if a child is doing well at the English portion of the class and not so well at the Chinese..can he be held back? What about if this was say 8th grade? Considering its half the class, could you imagine telling GT'ers or your coworkers..."my kid aced English, but did poorly at Chinese so they are holding him back a year?" I know and embrace the world economy and realize as America seems to be failing, the Chinese for years have bulldozed their way into the manufacturing forefront...although mostly through cheap electronics and plastic vomit (or is that Hong Kong?). Parents enrolling their kids in this could be looking at that future. Your thoughts?