- Stephen GuthrieSuperintendent of schools
Sustain the Latin Program at Westminster High School
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The Carroll County Public School system has decided to completely cut the Latin program at Westminster High School in Maryland next year to make way for more STEM programs. The Latin program at this school is incredibly active with classes for next year already filled up. In addition, the Latin Club is among the most active in the school, participating in field trips, conventions, fundraisers, and is an affiliate of the MDJCL, a statewide organization dedicated to the continuation of the classical languages and cultures. Our goal is to convince the school to maintain the existence of our program, and emphasize to the school board the importance of Latin in our community and society at large.
-Meghan and Luke, co-presidents of WHS Latin Club
- Superintendent of schools
The Latin program has many students signed up to take Latin I next year (a full class's worth), and many more are signed up to take the upper level courses. In addition, the Latin Club is one of the most active clubs in the school. With ~30 members, the club participates in state-level events, and has brought home many trophies, all through the dedication and hard work of the students and the Latin teacher, who fundraise and pay to sustain the club themselves.
The rumor is that the program is being cut to make way for more STEM classes, and I believe the blatant favoritism towards STEM classes is depriving students of fair access and exposure to the liberal arts, which were once the paramount indicator of a worldly and educated person. Latin was once as fundamental as English or math in schools, but has since been relegated to the level of an elective. The liberal arts have always been attacked in this country, but Latin was even above such a category in the recent past. It was fundamental, and now it is only taught extensively in one school in the entire county.
There are many students that show a large interest in the language and the many things it serves as a base for (i.e. medicine, law, history, and the other romance languages) and I believe that there is enough interest to justify keeping it a part of the curriculum. This petition is empirical proof of a genuine interest and belief of the Latin program that we are calling for you to keep in the school.
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