16 September 2009

This is the mission statement of Piper's new Chinese Immersion pre-K...it's makes me truly truly happy she will be learning in this environment even if it is only one day a week.
The mission of 'our school' is to prepare young people for responsible citizenship in our global community.

A responsible world citizen:
• understands and appreciates cultural diversity;
• communicates with confidence and cultural sensitivity in more than one language;
• responds creatively and critically to issues that transcend national boundaries;
• expresses empathy for neighbors in the global village; and
• promotes a world view of peace, justice and sustainability for all.
'our program' promotes individual responsibility for the world and its people by intentionally creating a supportive environment for people of all creeds, classes and nationalities.
The leadership, staff and young people enrolled in the programs reflect the cultural and ethnic diversity of the world.

Because language education alone does not lead to the formation of world citizens, we teach language in cultural and global contexts.
Geography, history, political science, world religions, natural sciences, arts and international relations are drawn upon, creating learning situations that challenge participants to use language as a tool for understanding the complexities of the world around them and for regarding differences as opportunities for enrichment, not reasons for alienation.

How Will My Child Learn Another Language?
'the program' creates a community of learners in which opportunities to interact in a second language and experience other cultures permeates the program.
The ultimate goal of all programming is an immersion experience in language and culture that motivates participants to be lifelong learners and responsible citizens in our global community.
Can I hear an AMEN!


Chinazhoumom said...

Wow - I soooooo wish we had that where we live - that ROCKS - that is my dream for K - that she have that chance to learn Chinese - be comfortable in it etc...She just started taking once a week on Sat - and I know that is not enough - maybe some school will offer that around here...
I can only hope!

Casey said...

Now that's a good school!!

I can't believe the whole McDonald's mess... When I taught in CA the union threatened to strike when corporations were going to buy textbooks for the kids. It seemed innocent enough until you considered they came with "book covers" promoting their brands. Accept one "gift" and soon the public doesn't have control over the education of its children. We won in the end. The books were bought by the tax payers... without advertising.

Jodi and Dennis said...

That is so awesome! Boy am I jealous. Fantastic!

Carrie said...

great news!

Joan said...

What a great feeling and validation that you did the right thing!

Lost and Found said...

I'll toast to that

Robin said...

That sounds like you got a wonderful program! Congrats!! I can only hope that we are able to find something that awesome for Ty when he is old enough.

Lost and Found said...

This makes me happy too. Piper deserves nothing but the very best.

The Wanderers' Daughter said...

You're so lucky to have this! I really envy you this school.