With more Europeans moving to Manatee County, consider English classes in grade schools

June 7, 2014 

After reading the stories about students not doing well on school testing, I was talking to real estate sales people who mentioned how many European families were buying local homes.

I assumed that put more children into the school system who do not speak English as their major language; in fact, some may speak several different languages at home.

Perhaps if we did a survey on the background of those who failed or did poorly on these state tests, we could learn what we need to do next; such as teach the courses they have at evening high schools for adults called English for the Foreign Born as a course for students in elementary school.

These are usually brilliant students who have to learn to solve problems in English. Let's not ignore their particular needs.

Rev. Emmalou H. Kirchmeier


Bradenton Herald is pleased to provide this opportunity to share information, experiences and observations about what's in the news. Some of the comments may be reprinted elsewhere in the site or in the newspaper. We encourage lively, open debate on the issues of the day, and ask that you refrain from profanity, hate speech, personal comments and remarks that are off point. Thank you for taking the time to offer your thoughts.

Commenting FAQs | Terms of Service