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We can do everything that your students can do ...

... but we can do it in two languages.” Recently, an independent school colleague of mine was visiting a school in Lima, Peru.  During an interview at the school, one of the students commented: We can do everything that your students can do; but we can do it in two languages.  As our boys enter the world of work in 2020-2030, this will be their reality.  They will be competing for jobs, not only with friends and neighbors as our grandparents did, or with people from nearby towns and cities as our parents did, or even with a national pool as many of us did; they will be competing with people from all over the world; and many of them will have proficiency in more than one language.

As we truly begin to think about and come to terms with the impact of a new century, a new reality, on our existing institutional infastructures and practices, our culture and society, we will be challenged.  One of Saint David's most important and ongoing strategic initiativies has been our curriculum inititative--a critical examination of the what, when, why and how we are teaching, now in its fifth phase.  One new commitment that has emerged from this work is to develop a practical fluency and proficiency in a second language.  The pilot "Second Language Program" introduced to all kindergarten boys this year has been incredibly successful.  Plans are afoot to continue the program and move it through the school, thoughtfully.  More to come ...


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