To the editor:
Superintendent Veronesi proposes the reduction of RSD13’s Latin program for next year from two full-time positions to .5 at the middle school and .6 at the high school. And both positions would be phased out over the next few years.
If this were to happen, it would be the end of a well-respected, decades-old institution in this district.
As a discipline, Latin has much intrinsic value. Not only is it crucial for success in scientific, medical, pharmacological and legal fields, but it also helps people better understand, and use, English. In fact, one of the best ways to learn/understand English grammar is to study Latin, from which 70 percent of our words originate.
Latin is a pillar of Western civilization, and it says a lot about RSD13 that it has continued to be a robust part of our curriculum. It is most certainly still relevant today, and I hope that my children will have the opportunity to study it beginning in middle school.
We should not turn our backs on this important tradition.
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