Keep German (And give it support to grow and blossom!)

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Chris Sommer
8 years ago
I took 4 years of German in high school, and because of that, I was able to spend 3 weeks as an exchange student in Germany during the summer of 1987. I do not use German in my career, but I still hold it close to my heart (nearly 25 years later).

My daughters will not have the opportunity to learn German in high school because last time I checked, I did not see it offered. It would be a shame to let another district lose their German program.

You have my signature to help you keep your program alive in East Aurora.

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Carla Widman
9 years ago
With international development continuing with the way that it is, I see the German language as remaining and becoming an even more valuable language in the international business and political worlds. In order to continue to encourage and foster a healthy relationship between the US and Germany, supporting the academic advancement of the German language in US educational institutions is not only a good idea but a necessity.

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Cordula Brown
9 years ago
Germany has been and still is the country of innovation - there is little development in sustainability or green energy without German know-how. Germany is perfect for study abroad; it is inviting and willing to share cutting edge research.

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Peter Boehm
9 years ago
It would be sort-sighted to deny East Aurora high school students the opportunity to get themselves acquainted with the language and culture of Germany, the leading economic power in Europe.

In this context, please read the following article from the New York Times:

http://www.nytimes.com/2012/02/17/business/global/the-rest-of-europe-vs-germany.html?_r=1&scp=1&sq=germany%20vs%20the%20rest%20of%20europe&st=cse

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Robert Lucas
9 years ago
My Mom and Dad graduated from East Aurora High School - in 1955 (he is part of the 25++++ tradition crowd) and he took German there even back then. I grew up with my Dad saying things to me in German, opening our home to German exchange students and ultimately I ended up living in Vienna for a year. I've been a German teacher in North Tonawanda for 20+ years with a thriving, community-supported German program. East Aurora's German program is part of that legacy.

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Sandra Schurz
9 years ago
Studying German changed the direction of my life and career significantly.

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Mary Patterson
9 years ago
I am currently teaching high-school English. As a graduate of East Aurora who studied both Spanish and German in high school, I can attest to the importance of learning additional languages to learning our own. Not only should you keep German -- you should expand LOTE instruction to the earliest grades, where it will have the greatest cost-benefit outcome. Spend your money wisely -- keep German instruction in the East Aurora schools.

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Debbie Tagliareni
9 years ago
need to give all students to opportunity to learn and that includes language which is a necessity for college

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Jill Twark
9 years ago
There are thousands of German companies in the U.S. looking for qualified employees who know German. I am a German professor and our university German program has grown from 2 majors in 2000 to 33 majors today. Our students get lots of scholarships to study abroad in Germany and later they find great jobs for German and U.S. companies, as teachers, and in the military. They are very well prepared for graduate school, too, in any field. Learning German teaches you how to think!

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Elizabeth McCarthy
9 years ago
Frau Reimers was my German teacher in high school, and was so enthusiastic and inspirational, I chose to continue my German studies in college. I was able to study abroad and learned many things that continue to be valuable to me. I am extremely proud of knowing German, and hope that future East Aurora students can feel the same pride.