St. Paul's West Side welcomes new school, but it's just the start

  • Article by: Anthony Lonetree , Star Tribune
  • Updated: September 1, 2013 - 9:10 PM

The St. Paul district begins its new emphasis on neighborhood schools as a community group takes shape to advocate for its kids.

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littlebootsSep. 2, 13 8:31 AM

Funny, my heart hurt that nobody speaks French in Saint Paul anymore.

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Observant59Sep. 2, 1312:36 PM

And it hurts to think that so many Vietnamese students don't speak their native language, and so many Greek students don't speak their native language, etc., etc. How about we think of them as just "students" rather than students of a particular race or ancestry, and focus on having them (first) learn the English language...how to read it, speak it, write it, comprehend it...since it is, after all, the official language of this country. If Mexico used the base-six method of counting, would the public schools be teaching that as part of the mathematics program as well?

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blake_larsonSep. 2, 13 2:54 PM

@littleboots: frenchimmersion.spps.org is going very strong. @Observant59: kids do great in immersion schools, learning two languages tends to improve English and Math (!) scores. The dual-immersion theory is interesting, since there is enough native Spanish speakers as well as enough native English speakers that want to learn Spanish. If everyone wins, what's the problem?

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littlebootsSep. 3, 13 6:14 PM

Viva Mexico! Viva La Raza!!

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viqueenfailSep. 6, 1312:04 PM

New schools are great and this one is wonderful. But what about the myriad of problems at existing schools in St. Paul? What is Silva doing about that? Ramsey Middle School, for example, despite having an excellent staff still is having huge student management problems. Te classrooms are still chaotic and the third day of school there was a near riot in the lunchroom as a fight between two girls escalated. We need to concentrate on the basics in St. Paul so that all our students can have the opportunity to learn in a decent, constructive environment.

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